Shimmer #17 unites returning authors (Alex Wilson!) with authors new to our pages (Kristi DeMeester!). Both of these stories speak of the undead, of being haunted.
Alex Wilson, “Romeo and Meatbox”
It’s all story. I can spend more hours than is probably healthy locked in a dark room with just a blank piece of paper, but I also have a theatre background, so a community coming together for the purpose of sharing a common story is a great way to tempt me to unlock my door. I’ve enjoyed hanging lights and sewing costumes for shows with which I wasn’t otherwise involved, and in film I was surprisingly satisfied when I spent a month playing an extra on projects like NBC’s Revolution and Iron Man 3, where they simply handed me a rubber gun and told me to run around in the background, while key players or stunt-people did more significant things in the foreground.
Kristi DeMeester, “Like Feather, Like Bone”
A friend of mine tweeted “This little girl was under my porch eating a bird,” only she forgot to attach the picture of the cat she found. The gears started turning, and my immediate thought was “What if it was an actual little girl?” From there the story just built itself in one of those rare dreamy moments where I looked down at the computer screen about an hour later to find the story sitting before me.
Read the rest of the interview here!