The Spindly Man

My “The Spindly Man” story, first from Ellen Datlow’s Fearful Symmetries and then from my After the People Lights Have Gone Off, it’s now clickable at Sean Wallace’s The Dark:

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And, it’s audio’d there as well, by Kate Baker, whom a lot of you may know from Clarkesworld. Fleet Cooper reads it. So, you know how for some of Scalzi’s stuff, you can dial up either Wil Wheaton or Amber Benson for the audio version? Now you can pick between two great readers for “The Spindly Man,” too.

Also, I wrote this one right after reading and teaching from Ann and Jeff Vandermeer’s The Weird (which I’m in). It’s one of two kind of ‘tribute’ stories I did that week, or that when. This one of course branches off Stephen King’s excellent “The Man in the Black Suit” (hey, it’s a short film too—who knew). The other’s “Xebico,” which was what I had to write because I couldn’t stop thinking about HF Arnold’s “The Night Wire.” I mean, of course I knew the King story before The Weird, but reading it in the context of all those other stories, it somehow triggered this story. Hope you dig.