"Crisis" is out now at Mithila Review (Issue #10).
The story is set in present-day Vasilegrad, the capital of my fictional Balkan federation, where a bubbling political crisis threatening to tear the country apart is seen as an opportunity for an adrenaline rush by a Western tourist.
My dark fantasy story "The Scrimshander" is now available for free reading (and listening!) at Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
The story can be read here, or you can listen to the audio version narrated by Michael J. DeLuca.
The slender jawbone lies in the palm of his hand like a crown.
Raising it, an offering to the night, stretched starlight gleams on milk
teeth. Engravings appear, a scene playing out from incisor to canine to
molar, a tale of disease and mourning, of angry tears and hissed
warnings to those who’ve caused him harm.
The city sleeps beneath him, bristled, towers jutting skyward in
defiance of Mallinos. He swings off the eaves, jawbone in hand, down a
drainpipe, past square windows of indigo, feet dropping on pavement with
barely a sound.