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His cheeks burned, even though no students had come to the window to witness his struggle.
A ghost had. She looked just like all the other phantoms trapped in the school’s towers: pale, hole-eyed wisps of young men and women whose hands ended before their fingertips and whose mouths held no teeth or tongues, as if in death they had forgotten some of what they were.
There was no way to tell how she had died, whether it had been inflicted by a cruel classmate or a bad decision. He knew she hadn’t jumped or fallen: no one ever died that way on school grounds. There were dark rumors of past students and even Lectors who had tried, each of them saved by a sudden wind.
(From “Midnight at the Feet of the Caryatides,” first published in Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, from Lethe Press, 2013)
|What I Write||
If you don’t know how much of the story was real and how much was fiction, i did my job.
Looks like these folks have it down better than i do (my site’s down for some repairs): Cory Skerry at FreeSFOnline
I’m going to be writing the script for my next Patreon-funded webcomic, The Teeth in the Tide. Last year, i shared my (rough!) illustrations with donors since i tend to sketch my characters and settings as i work my way through a project. I’ll be doing that again, so if you pledge for me, you will be added to a small, temporary e-mail list (i won’t pester you after the Write-a-Thon is done, pinky swear) where you’ll receive scans of my scribbles.
I’ll find some goofy way to redact any spoilers so you can safely look at the pictures without learning too much about what happens in the plot. (: And you’ll get to see some of my usually-secret notes to myself that i write as i develop a conflict, stakes, tension & suspense, character motivations, and more.
I am currently not able to send Clarion West monetary donations of my own. Anything you give on my behalf is more than i could do on my own, and i’m extremely grateful!