Ruthanna Emrys is the author of Winter Tide and Deep Roots. Her first short story collection, Imperfect Commentaries, is now available from Lethe Press. She lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. You can find her online on Twitter and Patreon.
Something knocks on the door. Esther, dreaming, would like to ignore it. Instead, she blinks awake and grabs her shotgun, because dead things typically call for bullets, not spell work, and whatever wants inside her home is certainly dead.
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