Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

This man. His accent is strange, foreign. How old is he? His hair is long and grey and curly, like Fedor's. He drinks from my glass. I'd forgotten what it's like to have a man sit at your table, drink from your glass. His smell. The old scar around his neck. Is it a double one—an old scar on yet an older one? The trembling of his hands. What am I doing. What am I doing.

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Read “Every Black Tree” by Natalia Theodoridou, in Issue #236

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Natalia Theodoridou has published over a hundred short stories, most of them dark and queer, in magazines such as Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others. He won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the inaugural Nebula Award for Game Writing with Rent-a-Vice. His newest game, Vampire: The Masquerade--Sins of the Sires, is out by Choice of Games. Natalia holds a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is a Clarion West graduate. He was born in Greece, with roots in Russia, Georgia, and Turkey. Natalia's latest story is "Ribbons" in Uncanny Magazine. Find out more at www.natalia-theodoridou.com or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.

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