Message by Chotchkies

Message by Chotchkies

Message by Chotchkies

Short Story by Thea Hutcheson



When Maddie Robertson takes a job importing a statue of a Babylonian goddess from England to a gallery in Denver, it seems like a simple task—until a spirit in her house starts arranging the knick knacks on her bookshelf into messages of danger. When she researches further, she discovers the statue has a history of violence and despair. Maddie soon finds herself in the thick of the desperate position the spirit warned against. Worse yet, the knight the spirit doesn’t show up and Maddie is on her own.


Lois Tilton of Locus Magazine called Thea Hutcheson’s work “sensual, fertile, with seed quickening on every page. Well done…” Her stories have appeared in such places as Hot Blood XI, Fatal Attractions; Baen’s Universe Issue 4, Vol. 1; the Beauty and the Beast Issue of The Enchanted Conversation; Realms of Fantasy’s 100th issue; and in Fiction River’s Recycled Pulp anthology. She also won Apex Magazine’s 2013 Merry Christmas Flash Fiction Contest.