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Gordon B. White
As she ran, her feet caught on the bones of bedrock that pierced the earth’s soft old skin. The granite teeth of the ravine bit at her, the years having pulling back the soil to reveal the colossal skull of the world that had always been hiding beneath. She burst through clots of dry kindling and tore past an uprooted tree that squirmed with ten thousand legs in the gathering shadows. Down, she ran, towards the end of the forest and the rim of the lake below.
She could not hear anything above her own thrashing, but she knew that the man was still behind her. She knew, in her deepest heart, that he was dancing down the hill like a spider, the rest of his disguises falling off of him like the autumn leaves.
Oh please, Sarah thought or even said, please let it still be there. Let the canoe be there and let it not be chained. Of all the things that time has made strange and taken from me, please let it have left me just this one.
-from “As Summer’s Mask Slips” in Nightscript Vol. 2
|What I Write||
I’m an alum of Clarion West’s Class of 2017. I live in Seattle and write dark speculative fiction, usually tending towards horror or the Weird. I do, however, sometimes publish less dark and/or more SF type stuff. I also do a variety of nonfiction, mainly contributing book reviews and interviews to a variety of outlets.
I’ve appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Daily Science Fiction, Tales to Terrify (forthcoming), A Breath from the Sky: Unusual Stories of Possession, Nightscript Vol. 2, and the Bram Stoker Award winning anthology Borderlands 6. A full list of publications and links is available here.
You can also find my reviews and interviews at Hellnotes, Lightspeed, and Nightmare (coming soon!).
My goals are lofty: To finish one short story or novella section every week for the 6 weeks.
I’m not aiming for any specific word count since I’m trying out a working structure based on “distraction-free time at desk” rather than specifically adding to a draft, but the goal of finishing one thing per week should keep me honest.
Can I do it? Maybe! I’ll post updates as I go so you can keep me accountable.
Clarion West (2017, baby!) meant a lot to me, so I’d like to pay it back and get a few donors.
I don’t currently have any ideas for perks or rewards, but let me know if you have any suggestions. For example, I’m happy to name characters after you, but you have to understand that in my stories, they’re likely to meet bad ends.