Tulliæn spans a fractured mountaintop, where the locals lie and the tourists come to die. Try the honey.
Briskwater crouches deep in the shadow of a dam wall. Ignore the weight of the water hanging overhead, and the little dead girl wandering the streets. Off with you, while you still can.
In Haverny Wood the birds drink blood, the dogs trade their coughings for corpses, the lost children carve up their bodies to run with the crows, and the townsfolk stitch silence into their spleens. You mustn't talk so wild.
The desert-locked outpost of Boundary boasts the famed manufacturers of flawless timepieces; those who would learn the trade must offer up their eyes as starting materials. Look to your pride: it will eat you alive.
Sooner or later, in every community, fate demands its dues — and the currency is blood.
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About the Author
Deborah Kalin is the author of The Binding books (SHADOW QUEEN and SHADOW BOUND, published by Allen & Unwin) and a survivor of Clarion South. Her short fiction has twice been nominated for an Aurealis Award. She lives in Melbourne, subject to the whims of a toddler who thinks she's a cat and a cat who thinks she's a person. Both of them whinge, mostly about sleep and food. (The toddler wants less of each, the cat more. Both want more outside time.) Kalin herself hasn't slept uninterrupted through the night since March 2012. Her latest book, CHERRY CROW CHILDREN, a collection of long short stories for those who like their fiction with hidden edges in it, is available from Twelfth Planet Press.