Justin C. Key is a speculative fiction writer and psychiatrist. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Crossed Genres, and KYSO Flash. When he's not writing, working in the hospital, or exploring Los Angeles with his wife, he's chasing after his two young (and energetic!) sons. You can follow his journey at justinckey.com and @JustinKey_MD on Twitter.
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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