Mari Ness is a poet, writer, and scholar of fairy tales, whose work has previously appeared in multiple
zines, including here in Strange Horizons. Her poetry novella, Through Immortal Shadows Singing, is
available from Papaveria Press. For more, check out her occasionally updated webpage at
marikness.wordpress.com, or follow her on Twitter at mari_ness.
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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