Tag: Seanan McGuire

Calculated Risks – Seanan McGuire

NO.” THE DARK-HAİRED LİTTLE girl clutched her seatbelt like it was a lifeline, shaking her head hard enough that her pigtails bounced wildly, flicking across her eyes and obscuring her expression. That was fine: Angela wouldn’t have been able to read the nuances of Sarah’s feelings in her face even if she’d been able to […]

Across the Green Grass Fields – Seanan McGuire

AT SEVEN, REGAN LEWIS was perfectly normal according to every measurement she knew, which meant she was normal in every way that counted. She wasn’t short or tall, not skinny or fat, but average in all directions, with hair the color of straw and eyes the color of the summer sky. She liked spinning circles […]

That Ain’t Witchcraft – Seanan McGuire

THE STACCATO RHYTHM OF a woodpecker slamming its beak against a pine tree echoed through the woods, filtered and distorted by densely-packed branches. There were no other sounds, not from the birds and animals that lived there, and not from the human girl who hung by her knees on a bough in one of the […]

Imaginary Numbers (InCryptid) – Seanan McGuire

IT HAD SEEMED LIKE such a good idea at the time. Take the grandchildren and go to Lowryland. Sure, it was a thirteen-hour drive, but what was the point of having an RV if you didn’t use it to go on an adventure every once in a while? Martin loved to drive—one of the men […]

A Killing Frost – Seanan McGuire

The third day comes a frost, a killing frost, And, when he thinks, good easy man, full surely His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root, And then he falls, as I do. —William Shakespeare, Henry VIII. “WE’RE GOING TO HAVE to discuss dresses eventually, October,” said May, holding up a bridal magazine and waving it […]

Tricks for Free – Seanan McGuire

“Woe betide the damned soul who tries to get between me and my children. I’m only the nice one in this family because I don’t care enough to hurt you.” –Evelyn Baker The locker room of Lewis and Clark High School, Portland, Oregon Six years ago CHEERLEADERS FILLED THE ROOM. Most were half-clad; all were […]

The Unkindest Tide – Seanan McGuire

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE the rise of the cell phone—and the associated rise of the cell phone camera—must have been a boon for the private detective. After all, when your camera isn’t just handheld, but is also attached to a personal communication device, it seems like it should be easier to surreptitiously photograph people doing things […]

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown – Seanan McGuire

The Phantom Prom Date is unique among the annals of American hitchhiking ghosts. While there are many reasons to grant her this distinction, the first and greatest is the contradiction she represents. By the side of the road, with her thumb out and her signature prom dress replaced by modern clothes, she is a positive […]

Night and Silence – Seanan McGuire

YOU CAN SAY WHAT you like about San Francisco, but one thing is eternally clear: it’s a city that could only have been built by human hands. The fae, faced with a landscape made almost entirely of hills and dells, with very little flat, arable land between natural obstacles, would have shrugged their shoulders, waved […]

Middlegame – Seanan McGuire

Timeline: five minutes too late, thirty seconds from the end of the world. There is so much blood. Roger didn’t know there was this much blood in the human body. It seems impossible, ridiculous, a profligate waste of something that should be precious and rare—and most importantly, contained. This blood belongs inside the body where […]

In an Absent Dream – Seanan McGuire

IN A HOUSE, on a street, in a town ordinary enough in every aspect to cross over its own roots and become remarkable, there lived a girl named Katherine Victoria Lundy. She had a brother, six years older and a little bit wild in the way of boys who could look over their shoulders and […]

Come Tumbling Down – Seanan McGuire

ELEANOR WEST WAS FOND of saying—inasmuch as she was fond of saying anything predictable, sensible, or more than once—that her school had no graduates, only students who found somewhere else to do their learning for a time. Once a wayward child, always a wayward child. The school’s doors would always be open; the lost and […]

The Brightest Fell – Seanan McGuire

THE FETCH IS ONE of the most feared and least understood figures in Faerie. Their appearance heralds the approach of inescapable death: once the Fetch shows up, there’s nothing that can be done. The mechanism that summons them has never been found, and they’ve always been rare, with only five conclusively identified in the last […]

Magic for Nothing – Seanan McGuire

ANTIMONY SAT CROSS-LEGGED in the middle of the room, one hand pressed hard against her thigh and the other held open in front of her, palm up and fingers spread. She stared at the air above her hand like it had personally done her wrong and needed to be punished for its sins. “Just breathe,” […]

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire

THE GIRLS WERE NEVER present for the entrance interviews. Only their parents, their guardians, their confused siblings, who wanted so much to help them but didn’t know how. It would have been too hard on the prospective students to sit there and listen as the people they loved most in all the world—all this world, […]

Down Among the Sticks and Bones – Seanan McGuire

PEOPLE WHO KNEW Chester and Serena Wolcott socially would have placed money on the idea that the couple would never choose to have children. They were not the parenting kind, by any reasonable estimation. Chester enjoyed silence and solitude when he was working in his home office, and viewed the slightest deviation from routine as […]

Boneyard – Seanan McGuire

The plains of Idaho seemed to stretch from here to Heaven in the moonlight, if such a place existed, and the Blackstone Family Circus rolled over them as silently as a wagon train can roll, which was to say, not silently in the least. Wheels creaked. Oxen lowed quiet protest about being forced to work […]

Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire

CHILDREN HAVE ALWAYS tumbled down rabbit holes, fallen through mirrors, been swept away by unseasonal floods or carried off by tornadoes. Children have always traveled, and because they are young and bright and full of contradictions, they haven’t always restricted their travel to the possible. Adulthood brings limitations like gravity and linear space and the […]

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