Headscratchers: The Midnight Meat Train
- The Conductor states that "We protect them and nurture them" in reference to the elders... why do that when you could probably eradicate them instead?
- And beyond that - why human flesh? Is there suddenly something wrong with beef/pork/chicken or any other type of meat?
- Sort of explained at the end of the short story. The ancients' immortality is ensured by the human flesh (they are themselves degenerate humans), and said immortality is needed for them to continually serve the Eldritch Abomination they made a deal with so New York would prosper. It's also implied that similar deals were brokered with similar abominations at the site of every major city in the world. Even yours.
- So at the end, Leon goes to work for the Elders... why, exactly? What part of anything that's happened makes this seem like a good idea?
- In the original short story, he directly meets the Eldritch Abomination the Elders work for, which drives him insane with a mixture of terror and instinctive drive to worship it. It breaks him so thoroughly that he is incapable of doing anything else. It even ends with his now loving New York when he used to despise it.
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