Neighbourhood Watch (short story)

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"Neighbourhood Watch" is a horror short story by the author Greg Egan. It was first published in the Australian sf-magazine Aphelion in 1987, and reprinted in The Year's Best Horror Stories in 1988.

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In order to eliminate local crime, a town council signs a contract with a demon, intending that the demon devour anyone who breaks the law after 11pm.


The Science Fiction Research Association called the story "outstanding", and said that by selecting the story to be published in The Year's Best Horror Stories and thereby bringing Egan's work to a wider audience, editor Karl Wagner could "be credited with at least one major 'discovery'."[1]


  1. ^ Fantasy and Horror Annuals, reviewed by Stefan Dziemianowicz, in the Science Fiction Research Association Newsletter; page 27; number 163 (December 1988); archived online at the University of South Florida; retrieved May 4, 2016

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