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Fiction and Excerpts [3]

Knife Fight and Other Struggles (Excerpt)

|| In Knife Fight and Other Struggles, David Nickle follows his award-winning debut collection with a new set of dark tales that span space, time, and genre. A young man at loose ends finds he cannot look away from his new lover's alien gaze. A young woman out of time seeks her old lover in the cold spaces between the stars. The fleeing worshippers of an ancient and jealous deity seek solace in an unsuspecting New World congregation. In a suburban nursery, a demon with a grudge and a lonely exorcist face off for what could be the last time. And when a big city mayor who delineates his mandate by the slash of a blade faces an unexpected challenger, it turns into a struggle that threatens to consume everything.

Knife Fight and Other Struggles (Excerpt)

A young man at loose ends finds he cannot look away from his new lover’s alien gaze. A young woman out of time seeks her old lover in the cold spaces between the stars. The fleeing worshippers of an ancient and jealous deity seek solace in an unsuspecting New World congregation. In a suburban nursery, a demon with a grudge and a lonely exorcist face off for what could be the last time. And when a big city mayor who delineates his mandate by the slash of a blade faces an unexpected challenger, it turns into a struggle that threatens to consume everything.

In Knife Fight and Other Struggles, available now as a ebook and on November 4th in print from ChiZine, David Nickle follows his award-winning debut collection with a new set of dark tales that span space, time, and genre. Read an excerpt from “Looker” below!

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The ‘Geisters (Excerpt)

Check out David Nickle’s The ’Geisters, available now from ChiZine:

When Ann LeSage was a little girl, she had an invisible friend: a poltergeist, that spoke to her with flying knives and howling winds. She called it the Insect. And with a little professional help, she contained it. And the nightmare was over, at least for a time. But the nightmare never truly ended. As Ann grew from girl into young woman, the Insect grew with her. It became more than terrifying. It became a thing of murder. Now, as she embarks on a new life married to successful young lawyer, Michael Voors, Ann believes that she finally has the Insect under control. But there are others vying to take that control away from her. They may not know exactly what they’re dealing with, but they know they want it. They are the ’Geisters. And in pursuing their own perverse dream, they risk spawning the most terrible nightmare of all.

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Swimming with the Fishes

I was a long time learning how to swim. It wasn’t that the lake ever did anything to me; the only time I ever came close to drowning was in my imagination. But it was only in my teens, in the backyard pool of the DiMuccio family, that I learned that immersing myself to the crown of my skull, filling my nostrils with water, did not immediately lead me to a watery grave.

That realization mediated the fear. It didn’t do as much for the terror. After all, everybody who’s evolved half a brain knows it in their bones: the water isn’t the worst thing about the ocean. It’s this: the water filled with monsters. They slip through it silently, and swiftly, with terrible purpose.

[Just ask Beowulf]

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