“The Whited Child” by Michael Canfield is a short, atmospheric dark fantasy in which the White Mountains mete out healing of a mysterious plague one victim at a time, at terrible cost. The medium is a human named Bad Pete who deals with the villagers in these transactions through a child called the idiot boy. They don’t like one another, but times are bad, getting worse; they are both hungry, and there has to be compromise. A grim tale, competently told, which will please those who like their fantasies dark.
A plot summary by Sherwood Smith