In a nutshell, Monster is centred around a deepsea creature who, when visited by a submersible, recollects how isolated they are, and how twisted they are perceived to be by those that can live in the light.
If I’m honest, this piece was a favourite of mine to have worked on. The prose itself I tried to balance between grotesque and beautiful, and it was so much fun to keep tweaking and evolving the imagery. Not only that, but the undercurrent of judgement and isolation throughout were close to my heart and seemed to slip seamlessly into the writing. All this coupled with my love of deep-sea exploration and it was hard not to be ecstatic when this was accepted for publication!
You can buy a copy of Issue VII on Kindle HERE. I highly encourage you to grab a copy, not only does it support the hard work being put in at All Worlds Wayfarer, but there is also a hell of a lot of other amazing stories to be read! The full TOC is as below:
Monster by Demi-Louise Blackburn
“The light divides, and the submarine follows, drifting like some bloated carcass settling down into the sand.”
Like Shipwrecked Stars by Scott Beggs
“It turned out that superheroes were perfect for fighting crime but not beating it.”
Orbital Lullaby by M. Douglas White
“‘We could have enjoyed a perfectly normal life back on Earth!’ I yelled. ‘You could have let other people chase salvation.'”
The Fawn by A.L. Hodges
“There was something distinctly profane about the pitiless wounds, and I felt the creature’s eyes interrogating me to find a reason for the pain that we had brought into the world.”
Firemaker by Jonny Eberle
“His dreams were growing more vivid all the time. It was a side effect of the strain of time travel on the human mind.”
Song of Stillness by Benjamin Kugler
“The marriage of force and desire spilled from the woods as a carrion sea, singing its war-song.”
Something Rare and Beautiful by Lisa Fox
“They didn’t question the ways of The Order, even as their own children were marked from the moment they entered this world.”
Un Comienzo by V.T. Dorchester
“‘He feels a terrible anticipation, a certainty there is something he should see, if he could only find the right focus.”
The Sum of the Parts by Tricia Lowther
“Pictures within pictures, codes within codes, worlds within worlds.”
The Loneliness of Lions by Sarah Philpott
“Arawn knew better than to think himself the stronger predator, not here, not in this place.”
Now Arriving on Track Four by Michael Merriam
“The ghost train pulled into the station as I draped the canvas sheet over my kiosk.”
Cloud Streets in the Sea of Okhotsk by Jessica Reisman
“When he sang, like foxfire, he drew life to him.”
The Kindle Edition will also include a bonus story by editor Geri Meyers.
If you are so kind as to pick up a copy, I urge you to leave a review – they help out more than you know!
I’d also like to give a big thank you to the editors, Rowan Rook and Geri Meyers, for accepting my little story and for building such brilliant collections of speculative fiction.