by Lucy M. Boston
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Swan River Press, 2011; 15 pp.; limited to 125 copies
Unlike the stories included in Curfew & Other Eerie Tales, "Just Like That" lacks that overt element of supernatural brutality. Where the majority of Boston's stories adhere to the Jamesian call for "malevolence and terror", "Just Like That" is more a story of emotional tragedy, and its supernatural manifestation is of the non-threatening order. As if to punctuate this, Boston originally gave this story the title "Gentle Shadow", which she crossed off, writing "Just Like That" in pencil — this re-titling, perhaps, emphasises the natural element of fate more than the slight supernatural manifestation of fate's gentle shadow.