Y. M. Pang spent her childhood pacing around her grandfather’s bedroom, telling him stories of magic, swords, and bears. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Book Smugglers Publishing, and other publications. Find her online at www.ympang.com or on Twitter as @YMPangWriter.
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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