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Short story was part of a horror anthology that was probably published in the 1990s, but might have been a little bit older. The story was about a boy who works in a factory over the summer and seems to thrive off of the evil feel of the place unlike his coworkers who feel it has bad vibes.

Not a lot actually happened in the story, it was mostly about the mood. I think he spent most of the story shoveling... it might have been coal? I think they spoke about it as being heavy and dark. At the end he stretches, reveling the in the new muscles he had put on over the summer which is where they allude to him having almost fed off the darkness of the place. I remember liking the language.

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    Hi there! That's some info already, though a bit terse - if you could take a look at these guidelines, see if they trigger any more memories to edit in, that'd be great! Anything, however minor it may seem, might lead to a successful ID. Cheers :) – Jenayah Feb 22 at 1:15
  • Also- what does "ISO" stand for here? – Jenayah Feb 22 at 1:19
  • "In search of". It's a fairly common acronym, so I thought I'd use it to save space... – Natalie Feb 22 at 1:22
  • Ah, alright. Hope you don't mind, I reworked your title a bit as the "ISO" part is already covered by the [story-identification] tag, and a more complete title might trigger people's memories :) If you disagree with my modifications, you can edit the question further, no problem. – Jenayah Feb 22 at 1:27

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