Mitchell Shanklin lives in Seattle, writing stories with magic and/or made-up science. He also writes code, plays video, board and mind games, reads, runs, and has rambling philosophical arguments. He is a proud member of Team Arsenic, The Dreamcrashers, and Write of Passage. He is visibly bisexual.
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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