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The Drowning Eyes

|| When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the archipelago turn to the Windspeakers--weather-shapers who can steal the breeze from raiders' sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers' magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.

The Monster in the Mirror: On Horror, Disability, and Loving Both at Once

One delirious summer night when I was nineteen, I went on a blind date with a man I met on Craigslist who was covered in beautiful tattoos from head to toe. About fifteen minutes after he picked me up from the barn where I worked, he began to get annoyed with my admittedly shallow and casual knowledge of the horror genre (he said in the ad that he wanted to meet ‘a Sherri Moon Zombie character,’ not a horror critic, but I digress). Now, I might technically be a horror fan, he began to explain to me, but no, I was not a very good one, and he was starting to feel like I’d lied to him.

It was then that I noticed he had a set of knuckle tattoos that originated during the Napoleonic Wars, and hoo boy.

Ten minutes later, I was walking back to my workplace via someone’s ditch-side lane, smoking a cigarette and trying to convince my friend on the phone that I was telling the truth about this disaster. I was one scary lady, he had told me, interrupting my very well researched Special Interest Monologue about Nelson’s Navy by slamming on the brakes and kicking me out of his car. Yep, I explained, that really happened that way, I started sperging about the Napoleonic Wars and he told me I was too scary and he drove me almost back to work and he kicked me out of the car.

God, I love horror stories.

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The Mad Science of Car Repair: Actually, Frankenstein was the Mechanic

In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!

I have always needed a truck. I am continually in the mountains, I keep a vegetable garden larger than any apartment I’ve lived in, and I got lost trying to find my way out of the horse business. I don’t really need a nice truck, which is great, because I also can’t afford a nice truck.

[When Furiosa the F150 came home one nasty February evening, she was not a nice truck.]

The Drowning Eyes

When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the archipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders’ sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers’ magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.

Tazir has seen more than her share of storms and pirates in her many years as captain, and she’s not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships. Shina’s caught her eye, but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship, her crew, and her neck.

The Drowning Eyes, Emily Foster’s vividly rendered debut novella, is available January 12th from Tor.com Publishing.

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