"The Other Sense" by J.S. Fletcher

quint“I have often wondered, as I have grown up out of my lonely childhood toward manhood, how strange it is that what seems so easy to the child about truth telling seems so difficult to the man — now I am beginning to understand.”

So begins J.S. Fletcher’s “The Other Sense” whose title even intimates a particularly unspoken sensibility. It is peppered with the word “queer” in its old definition, but the Doppelganger like apparition who haunts the youth in this story seems to be more than a coincidence. If ghosts reflect sites of injustice or the non-normative temporality of queer life, then this story is a near perfect example.