phobos 4_deep black seaHappy to say a favorite new story of mine, “Wine-Dark” is out in Phobos Four: Deep Black Sea.

The pond behind the house is a well of flat wet darkness. Ludicrous to call this a house, with its listing gothic turrets and crumbling stone walls. She calls it the castle, which I guess makes it my castle.

The surface of the pond shimmers, ripples catching first pink hints of light almost ready to rub the sky with dawn. I tell my husband I come down every morning to feed the fish. There are no fish.

“Did you eat my fish?” I ask as her otter-sleek head breaks the pond’s black mirror.

I love this story so much, I’ve already started tinkering with a longer tale spun off this scene. Haven’t read the whole issue yet, but the lovely cover is a fantastic complement to “Wine-Dark.”

Phobos Issue Four only $6.99 on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1387045377/