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Andy Duncan's novella, The Night Cache, was published in late 2009 by PS Publishing. The Night Cache is a World Fantasy Award nominee.
Here's some information about Andy Duncan:
Andy Duncan is the author of Beluthahatchie and Other Stories (Golden Gryphon Press, 2000) and The Night Cache (PS Publishing, 2009). He has also edited Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (with F. Brett Cox, Tor Books, 2004).
Here's the official description of The Night Cache from the publisher's website:
From Andy Duncan, master of the Southern tall tale, author of the acclaimed Beluthahatchie, a new novelette about lesbian love, cryptography, and signals from beyond the grave...
When Jenny, lowly cashier for a certain major book store chain, flirts with female customers, it is not in the expectation of lasting romance. But at last one of them reciprocates sincerely, and a deep love is born, as if predestined, and indeed Jenny's new lover is called Destiny, Destiny Creech, initiate in an eccentric subculture that hunts carefully concealed caches by means of GPS readings, coded co-ordinates, and oddball intuition. The happiness of the two persists for a time, but when death sunders the partnership, the living and the departed must find one another again, and now the clues are cryptic indeed...
The Night Cache is Andy Duncan at his witty best, and a fine foretaste of his upcoming collection from PS Publishing, The Pottawatomie Giant and other Stories.
A REVIEW OF ANDY DUNCAN'S THE NIGHT CACHE
I liked The Night Cache, because it was a good and well written story. The characters, Jenny and Destiny, were interesting: Destiny was a free-spirited woman, but Jenny was a more sensible woman. Their relationship was handled in a fine way and it was easy to believe that they loved each other.
I won't say much about the story, because it wouldn't be fair to readers, because this kind of short stories are easily ruined if the reader knows too much about the story. I think it's best to say that The Night Cache is a fascinating story about lesbian love, geocaching, cryptography and messages from beyond the grave. The Night Cache is a different kind of a love story, which contains mystery elements.
I enjoyed reading about the cryptic messages, which Destiny left to Jenny. These mystery and geocaching elements added originality to the story.
This story is a bit hard to categorize, but in my opinion it's a mainstream story, which contains minor horror elements, but I guess several people will call it horror (or even science fiction). That's why I'll have to categorize it as a horror novella.
The Night Cache is a short and easy-to-read story which offers a different kind of reading experience to speculative fiction readers. It's a romantic and interesting "ghost story".