Kris Rusch has a practice of putting up a free story every week, something she calls “Free Fiction Monday.” It’s always something interesting, because, well, because she’s a heckuva writer. She puts up science fiction, and fantasy, and romance. Short stories, and novel snippets. Whatever.
There’s only a few days left on this one, but I strongly recommend this week’s story, Burial Detail. It appears in Realms of Fantasy back in 2000, but I had missed it. Definite keeper. Kris Rusch is always good but I think she transcends herself quite often, and for me this is one of those times. If I can be a little pretentious, this is a real piece of art.
I read it at lunch today, and I was thinking about it hard much of my walk back to work.