I do love short stories. Reading them and writing them. I’m a bit slow at it, needing time to get to the meat of the matter. Maybe that’s why I only had a couple out last year, but this year I’ve got heaps! I thought I’d spend the next little while talking about the anthologies I’m in and the stories themselves.
I’ll start with Haunted Legends (Tor), edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas, because it arrived, all shiny and tempting, yesterday. I read the Joe R. Lansdale story first because he is one of my favourite writers, and his “The Folding Man” is no disappointment. Geez, that was creepy and scary.
My story in the book is “That Girl”, one of my Fiji stories. This is the first paragraph:
ST Martin’s was clean, you could say that at least. Apart from the fine mist of leg hair, that is. I watched as Sangeeta (“You know me. I am Sangeeta.”) crawled through the women’s legs, a long piece of thread hanging from between her teeth. She stroked a shin, a knee, looking for hairs to pluck.
The anthology is all about urban legends and our new interpretations of them.