Whether I was drunk or sober, Princess Teiko haunted my dreams. I had always assumed, if I drank enough that one day this would no longer be true, but there had been fifteen years of drinking after we parted, plus two more after her death, and now my optimism was quite exhausted. As this foolish hope had been all that I had to fight her with, there was nothing left for me to do tonight except the only sensible thing—I surrendered.
Whether I was drunk or sober, Princess Teiko haunted my dreams.
"(one of) two more fine Lord Yamada stories... deals directly with Lord Yamada's wrenching personal love story" —Editor/Reviewer Rich Horton
"absolutely a must-read, a poignant love story finally closing the circle of loss and pain... Recommended" —Lois Tilton, Locus online
Honorable Mention, Year's Best SF 29 (ed. Gardner Dozois)
The house was bigger on the inside, as Dorota expected from a witch. What she didn't expect, in the flickering candlelight, was the filth. Spiderwebs, of course, in the corners, in the grimy chandelier, festooned with crumbling bits of insects trapped, dismembered, neglected. The floor might have been red, might have been stone; the thick black grease of it gripped the soles of Dorota's boots as she inched through debris down the long corridor. The walls might have been red, too, red wallpaper dancing with bouquets of slime and countless handprints.
Dorota crept up between the porch's pillars, raised her hand to knock, and heard from inside the sound of a man shrieking.
"A good read for the strong of stomach." —Lois Tilton, Locus online
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The place where Ameos should stand is taken by another boy. We are fewer now.
Part of him remained Hiroshi and did not forget. Yet now he remembered being Yojiro too.