Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Fiction: Meghan McCarron's "Swift, Brutal Retaliation"

Today is the last day to enter our giveaway for Mark H. Kruger's Overpowered, a young adult novel about a perfect-seeming town with sinister undertones.  Here is what the publisher has to say about the book:
Nica Ashley is accustomed to traveling the globe with her journalist mother, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows,she’s in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There’s even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents.

On Nica’s first day at school, she meets Jackson Winters and finds out he went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash—and the next morning the power has gone out and all the birds are dead.

But secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and some of her friends discover they now have abilities best described as “super,” they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.
If you are interested in winning a copy of this book, you can find instructions for entering the giveaway here.

Today, we would also like to feature  a story about a big brother who comes back to haunt his two little sisters.  It is an excellent example of how the most compelling fantasy stories are also the ones with the strongest foundation in reality--and in this story, it is the pans and pans of lasagna after a funeral that ring unbelievably true.

"Swift, Brutal Retaliation" is by Meghan McCarron, with original artwork by Christopher Silas Neal.  It originally appeared on, and has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award for best short story.