In writing news today: I have a story out at Strange Horizons!
A few things you may or may not find interesting:
A. “Three May Keep a Secret” is a YA story with a questioning bisexual protagonist and her new hipster bestie.
B. It’s also a ghost story. I like to think it’s a little creepy.
C. I’m a little nervous about this one. Okay, I’m a lot nervous. There are a couple of reasons for that: one, the story deals with some sensitive material that I’m hoping isn’t harmful to any readers. (Appropriate trigger warnings can be found at the link.)
It’s also a story that’s probably gone through, like, 57 different revisions. I think it’s a much better story for it and, honestly, I’m pretty proud of how it’s turned out But this one didn’t come easy, and that also makes me a bit nail bite-y.
D. Finally, a random line that tells you basically nothing at all:
“Shit, there’s not even a candy store for 70 miles.” He crosses his arms. “This town is bullshit.”
Hope you enjoy!
4 thoughts on “Story Publication: Secrets at Strange Horizons”
Congrats, and this was pretty great. I especially liked the way you described the monster, with it’s soft, flower-petal hands, and the way it feeding only caused physical pain if the victim resisted. (Actually, while I’m praising your metaphors, I don’t think I ever said how much I loved the one from “We Share The Dark,” about Rob’s dad being the ghost he couldn’t leave behind.)
Thank you! I’m super glad you liked it! (And “We Share the Dark,” too. That was an important story to me. Clearly, “ghosts you can’t leave behind” is a theme that resonates for me. 🙂
Read this early this morning when I could no longer sleep. I am now thrilled to be awake and to have this story to carry around in my heart today. I hear your concern about triggers. I can only say I was tremendously moved by the main character’s relationship with her “partner in crime,” her determination to face a past trauma that seems to become more dangerous as time goes on, and by the love that seems to underlie her drive.
Wow, thank you so much! I’m really glad this story worked so well for you. Thanks for letting me know!