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Unsafe, Unsound

ABOUT THIS SHORT STORY


Ethan and his family live on the outskirts of town, between civilization and the total lack of it. Ma always keeps the shotgun handy.

Ethan’s brother announces a nighttime visitor as “a dead man coming up the road”. The man surely looks halfway to death, but Ethan fears his brother, touched in the head after a long illness, sees something else. Something more.

Then the pistol on the man’s belt catches Ethan’s eye. A weapon of eerie, unearthly beauty, meant for more than the mere killing of outlaws. What trouble follows a man with a weapon like that?

“Unsafe, Unsound”, a tale for fans of western weird fiction.

ABOUT KATE MACLEOD


Kate MacLeod lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a cat, although they may head further north soon, as the winters in Minnesota just don’t get cold enough anymore.

Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Stranger Horizons, Abyss & Apex, A Fly in Amber, Aoife’s Kiss, Beyond Centauri and Allegory as well as the Warrior Wisewoman 2 anthology.

Her short story “Din Ba Din” was an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 31st Edition as well as The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2014 and was on Locus magazine’s recommended reading list for 2013 and is will be appearing in the Bulgarian magazine Terra Fantastica.