One of my absolute favorite stories, “The Way We Are Lifted,” now appears in FEARFUL FATHOMS: COLLECTED TALES OF AQUATIC TERROR (Vol. 1), a new anthology from Scarlet Galleon Publications. This story previously appeared in a Lovecraftian collection a few years ago, but due to publishing setbacks, it didn’t find much of an audience upon release. So, it’s nice to have it available once again, and expanded to the appropriate length—clocking in at a sizeable 7,500 words.
The story is set seven years after an apocalyptic flood, where the last of humanity survives by living in garden colonies on the top floor of skyscrapers. Here, women are required to work and to bear offspring for their male captors. This is the life eleven-year-old Madison comes to accept, until one day she spots a capsized boat in the floodwaters. With the help of her best friend, they escape through the twisting hallways and elevator shafts, searching for the single boat that could deliver them to safety. But little do they know, something far more sinister lurks in the waters below.
A special thanks to Mark Parker for accepting my story, and to Luke Spooner for creating such stunning artwork based on my work. It’s nice to finally show this picture off :)