“For every time we’ve said of a loved one who’s gone astray, ‘dear God, why can’t they just wake up?'”—Alma Katsu
We’re thrilled to share the cover of Malcolm Devlin’s And Then I Woke Up, a creepy layered literary story about false narratives and their ability to divide us, written in the tradition of Mira Grant and Stephen Graham Jones, available on April 5, 2022 from Tordotcom Publishing.
In a world reeling from an unusual plague, monsters lurk in the streets while terrified survivors arm themselves and roam the countryside in packs. Or perhaps something very different is happening. When a disease affects how reality is perceived, it’s hard to be certain of anything…
Spence is one of the “cured” living at the Ironside rehabilitation facility. Haunted by guilt, he refuses to face the changed world until a new inmate challenges him to help her find her old crew. But if he can’t tell the truth from the lies, how will he know if he has earned the redemption he dreams of? How will he know he hasn’t just made things worse?
Malcolm Devlin’s stories have appeared in Black Static, Interzone, The Shadow Booth, and Shadows and Tall Trees. His first collection, You Will Grow Into Them, was published by Unsung Stories in 2017 and shortlisted for the British Fantasy and Saboteur Awards. A second collection, also to be published by Unsung Stories, is due to be published in Summer 2021. He currently lives in Brisbane.