Review: Defending the Pencil Factory, by Adam Marek
Posted on October 21st, 2018 by Eloise Wales
By Farhana Khalique
“Daryl is taking too long with the pencil sharpener, and all down the line we are sweating…” So begins Adam Marek’s short story, Defending the Pencil Factory, and so far you might think that it’s about plucky assembly line workers threatening industrial action. Or a group of school children about to take a test, who may or may not have beef with a boy called Daryl. The reality is far more unsettling.
For it soon transpires that they are youngsters, holed up in said factory, besieged by a hoard of monsters. Fortunately, the kids are karate students and have a chance of survival. Unfortunately, their attackers are evil personified, and they just keep on coming… There is more…