Yet another unsettling sojourn into the dark recesses of my mind is about to be unleashed upon the world, as Lycan Valley Publications has announced the imminent publication of the SUBLIMINAL REALITY horror anthology!
I’m particularly delighted by the premise of this collection, which brings together a lot of tropes I enjoy both reading and writing: unreliable narrators, ambiguous ground rules of internal logic, testing the boundaries of objective reality and sanity. Good times! You’d be forgiven for thinking that by packaging the stories in that way, it diminishes their impact, per the old saw about how twist endings lose their impact if the audience goes in expecting the twist and trying to spot it at every turn. But I respectfully disagree, as every author in the mix has his or her own way of subverting the premise.
My contribution, “Dead on Her Feet”, is a story I wrote years ago, specifically for an open call for creepy science fiction tales. It taps into the paranoia that is the inevitable result of any time spent considering that most of us aren’t really equipped to even understand the implications of cutting-edge research and how it might impact us individually. Even the promised results can be hard to grapple with, let alone the repercussions of accidents or unintended consequences. Luckily we’re all too busy to spend much time trying to think about it all anyway, too tired all the time to get very far in our musings. But on a rare occasion where we can’t help but realize certain things, where dark and looming truths overwhelm our normal defense mechanisms … I take a look at one possible scenario, at least.