“Sleepers” — Interzone (March 2014)

My short story “Sleepers” appeared in the March 2014 issue of Interzone and was reprinted online in the December 2014 isssue of Fantastic Stories.

Art by Martin Hanford
Art by Martin Hanford

First line: “The newscasters say that the sleepers came without warning, that one day they weren’t here and the next, they were.”

Inspiration: In February of 2013, my partner had spinal surgery. On my birthday one day later, I broke my ankle in a car crash. This left us both rather helpless in a 700 square foot duplex, but it also gave me six free weeks of writing time and some misery for inspiration. Naturally, I wrote about a young woman struggling with panic and the drawn-out death of her father in a hospital.

Praise for “Sleepers”:

Buy a copy of Interzone, the high quality British SFF magazine where “Sleepers” first appeared (Issue 252): http://ttapress.com/interzone/backissues/

Read it for free on Fantastic Stories: http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/short-story-sleepers/

Art: The Tempest by Jennifer Stufflebeam

“Sleepers” reprinted in Fantastic Stories

My story “Sleepers,” which originally appeared in Interzone, has been reprinted in Fantastic Stories, which means it’s now free to read online: http://www.fantasticstoriesoftheimagination.com/short-story-sleepers/

“The newscasters say that the sleepers came without warning, that one day they weren’t here and the next, they were. I don’t believe them. There must have been signs we were too wrapped up in our busy lives to see.”