Suffered From the Night

Do you remember when I actually had a Sherlock Holmes story published in A Study in Lavender? I am very proud to say that the anthology is doing well and has had many favorable reviews. It even has its own tumblr. And there is more news!

I expect to have a short story in a new amazing collection: Suffered From The Night: Queering Stoker’s Dracula by Lethe Press! The story is a series of diary entries and letters by Mina and Lucy which take place before, during and after the events in Dracula and present an alternate set of events. I had a great time with the challenge of writing in a new format, in two different voices and weaving the events of the story together with the events in the book in such a way that the two texts can hopefully be read side by side. Making Mina and Lucy lesbians was not a stretch, as fans of Bram Stoker surely know.

For your enjoyment (and an enticement to preorder) here is an excerpt:

Watching her I felt I was looking into a mirror. The effect was heightened by the fact that I could not see myself in the window glass, only her. It was very odd since I could see the whole street but not myself. It was as if I did not exist.

Then I began to think that if I did not exist it did not matter what I did or did not do. If nothing I did was real, then could I not do anything I wanted? I had always wondered what it would be like to kiss myself. I have kissed my own face in the mirror many times, but the cold glass was not like my own lips. I wanted to know. I wanted to kiss her mouth and tangle her dark hair with my blonde hair, somewhere out of the light.

I watched until she came out the back door of the shop to toss the rubbish and then grabbed her, placing my hand over her mouth so she could not scream. She bit me on the hand and even drew a little blood but then she went limp and then just quietly moaned as if too tired to move. I drained her as near death as I could, to sate the hunger. Then, when she was quiet, I kissed her lips.

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