This story’s premise is simple enough, but it is another instance where a basic plot is executed well enough that it makes for a good story.
Said story follows a man named Howard as he is tormented by what appears to be a finger that emerges from his bathroom sink.
The horror is largely psychological, as Howard tries to rationalize what he saw, only to come to the realization that it’s all too real. It works well and helps build up tension even though the finger doesn’t seem to pose any sort of real threat.
Honestly, for a majority of the story, it seems like the finger is just screwing with him for its own amusement. It taps and scratches on things, it disappears whenever his wife comes into the room, and it even “waves” at him on occasion.
When it does turn violent, it is only as a reaction to being attacked. I’m torn on the reveal that it was just a small part of a larger creature. It does make it more menacing and makes for an effective climax when Howard arms himself and challenges the finger, but there was something fascinating about the fact that the finger wasn’t really malevolent, but weird and logic defying enough that you could still find yourself spooked by the idea of it.
You could have even still had the big fight at the end. Granted, you’d probably have to play it up as more goofy than suspenseful, but it could still work. It could poke him in the eye or drag Howard around by his nostril into walls or something.
For his part, Howard has some interesting strategies for dealing with it. The obvious solution of closing the drain fails miserably, but Howard also makes a point to urinate down the drain and follows that up with drain cleaner. He even arms himself with a hedge trimmer for when he had to engage it in melee.
Oddly enough, he never thinks to pour hot water down the drain. Granted, it would have only stalled the inevitable, as the finger endures worse, but the idea that it never occurs to him is odd.
I did like his wife. Of course, given her affinity for puns, I guess that should have been a given. I wouldn’t have minded seeing her get more page time. She never even finds out that anything weird is going on. You might hope that she’d walk in during the climax or something, but she sits it out.
I can see why this confrontation had to be one on one, but having her or the angry neighbor jump into the fray would have been cool to see as well.
This might not be the deepest or most thought provoking story, but I found it to be quite fun. Like I said, it’s a basic plot hook, but it manages to keep you engaged from beginning to end. It has a nice mix of humor, suspense, and action allowing readers to get a little bit of everything.