My science fiction / horror story “Dead Meat” is now available to read in the Retribution issue of Apparition Lit! Huge thanks to the fantastic team at this zine for giving this story a great home.
- I’m part of a fabulous TOC, and you can pick up this issue by subscribing to Apparition Lit, or by supporting the zine on Patreon.
- You can also pick up the issue here: at B&N – at Smashwords – at Amazon.
- Read my story free online.
This story has been with me for a while because it took some time for it to find its proper form and purpose. It came to me as an idea that seemed simple enough: a woman is trapped in a storage room on a space station with a disassembled blast gun. She can’t figure out how to assemble the weapon. Outside the door, something terrifying lurks. Inside, her only company is a dead woman who still speaks.
In its finished form, this story also includes a recurring Star Trek joke, and that pleases me immensely.
I am hugely proud of this story and I am so glad Apparition Lit accepted it. The retribution theme fits it perfectly, though not in the obvious ways that might first come to mind.