I am trying to find a story, that I think I may have read in a young adult compilation in the late 1980s.

The main character is a teenager, who, prior to the story, had had some kind of severe injury. At the time of the story, he is in the hospital, hooked up to some kind of machine that is monitoring a transdimensional portal. There is some conflict with his parents and his doctors, who want him to do something to open the portal wider. There seems to be some kind of being, which they describe as a guardian angel with a sword, waiting by the gate. Eventually, he opens the portal wider, and the "angel," which was actually on the far side, waiting for it to open wide enough, comes through and slaughters everyone in the hospital.

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    Gave me Stranger Things vibes reading this question Jul 10, 2017 at 3:10
  • Partial overlap with Jamila Gavin's The Wormholers (1996), but that's a long shot.
    – trikeprof
    Jul 11, 2017 at 0:55
  • @Buzz easy with the edits, you're way above the "5 posts out of the first 15 edited by same user" rule of thumb :)
    – Jenayah
    Jan 8, 2019 at 2:23

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I located it: "Opening the Door" by Philip Jose Farmer. I read it in the 1973 anthology Children of Infinity.

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