My favorite story in the December Realms of Fantasy—Walter is the canonical hapless good soul oppressed by the Scrooges of the world, but the inevitability of his vindication is mediated by the story's affectionate musical expertise and good-natured charm
A wonderful story about Christmas Night visitors. . . . I found myself thinking about this story long after I finished reading it
A little magic, a little Mozart, an unexpected miracle on Christmas Eve…
Nothing has gone right for Walter Gunther since his wife died. He had to sell his music store to pay her medical bills and take a job as a clerk in Disks Galore, a big box music store. His manager bullies him and knows nothing about the classical music Walter has cherished all his life. The man can’t even pronounce Mozart’s name correctly. But when Walter is forced to work late on Christmas Eve, he receives a musical gift beyond his wildest imagining.
Originally published in Realms of Fantasy (December 1997), “Walter’s Christmas-Night Musik” was hailed for its “affectionate musical expertise and good-natured charm,” by Locus reviewer Mark Kelly, who also chose it as the best story of that issue. A warm and wonderful story sure to delight music lovers everywhere.