“The iconic personification of emotions peoples Craig D.B. Patton’s ‘Misery Loves.’ After her roof caves in from a storm, Misery, a recluse, must leave her musty, dilapidated home to find someone to repair it. First she goes to Honesty, as Humor, Joy, and the twins, Pain and Suffering, will be of no help. Honesty suggests she ask Love, a charming, beautiful man who lives in an exalted mansion, for assistance. Love is everything one might expect of a gracious gentleman and caters to Misery’s desire to be miserable in his customary, ingratiating manner. ‘Misery Loves’ is a character-driven tale, mostly dialogue, and quite refreshing. Patton makes his fantasy world glimmer with amazingly little narrative description, with a subtle yet reasonable ending where our miserable heroine learns a bit about herself while staying true to her nature. A well-told, unaffected tale that I found delightful.”
– The Fix
Originally published in Aeon Speculative Fiction #13, this story is now available as an eBook in .MOBI or .EPUB from Whistling Kettle Press.
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A couple, grieving the loss of their son in Iraq, returns home to find their living room ransacked, and the police have no answers.
A supernatural courier arrives at a rural home to collect the soul of a dying woman and confronts his own fate.
An elderly man struggling with Alzheimer’s faces the terrifying possibility that something far worse is preying on him at night.
The debut chapbook from Whistling Kettle Press contains three stories featuring moments when the boundary between the explicable and the fantastic vanishes. Moments that invoke awe or terror and sometimes both. Moments that change people forever.
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Thief in the Night
“Aftershocks” first appeared on Wily Writers and was reprinted in their anthology, Future Imperfect: The Best of Wily Writers 2. “Soul Collector” was published in Book of Dead Things (Twilight Tales). “Thief in the Night” is original to this collection.
Lifted Veils is available at Books & Boos in Colchester, CT.
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