My first pro work dropped today, in Issue 6 of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Liz Clarke, an artist from South Africa, has drawn a haunting illustration to go with it. The artwork captures the tone of the story and really creeps me out!
Here's a teaser:
"Beulah Irene wept as the workers pulled up shovels of rust red dirt from her son's grave. She covered her dark face with her hands, not wanting the men to see her. Thick bandages wrapped her arms from fingers to elbows, the skin underneath burned and itched.
The four gravediggers gave her odd glances between pulls. They were all grim men, with dirty faces and hands. Patches of sweat and red mud stained their denim trousers and cotton shirts.
Irene removed her hands from her face and focused her eyes on the men, wanting to watch until they finished.
It was important to her, even though her son would not die until yesterday..."
Read the rest at Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.