Jim Lovaas is a geek with a huge collection of action figures and movie memorabilia, particularly from various horror films. He's spent years searching for a rare figure from a cult-classic film directed by a man who has since died but who purportedly put some of his blood in the paint used on the figure. When Jim finally finds not just one, but two of these figures, he thinks he's hit the jackpot, but he gets far more than he bargained for when he comes into contact with one of the figures.
"Mint in Box" is a stand-alone short story of only about eleven pages. It tells the story of a Jim, a geek who is an avid collector of action figures and other various movie memorabilia. He's been searching for a rare action-figure connected to a cult-classic horror film, the director of which died, but not before placing a small amount of his blood in the unique paint for the action figure. When Jim finally finds the one he's been seeking, he gets a lot more than he bargained for.
Aside from its rather gruesome nature, I thought this was a fairly clever story, right up until the end. I kind of guessed that something of this nature might happen, but at the same time, the actual outcome isn't really explained. Instead, it's all left to the imagination of the reader exactly what happened and how. I usually prefer for things to be wrapped up a little more neatly, but otherwise, it's not a bad little story. "Mint in Box" can be found in the anthology Blood Lite III: Aftertaste.
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