Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

Every night since I crouched with Mama beneath that upturned hull, I have dreamt of Alder Mere, of Mama's wet hands and sleeves, of my own blood dripping into the water, of something shifting and moving in the murky depths. Something growing, something wrapped in mud and shadow. Something hungry. Something that has learned to lurk and wait. The same as me.

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Maria Haskins is a Swedish-Canadian writer and reviewer of speculative fiction. She lives just outside Vancouver with a husband, two children, several birds, a snake, and a black dog. Her short story collection Six Dreams About the Train & Other Stories was published in 2021. Maria’s work has appeared in The Best Horror of the Year Volume 13, Black Static, Interzone, Strange Horizons, Podcastle, The Deadlands, Diabolical Plots, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @mariahaskins, and find out more about her and her work on her website:

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