11165296 10153296494268205 9021036323750450212 n I’m happy to announce that “In the Cave of the Del­i­cate Singers”, acquired by edi­tor and anthol­o­gist Ellen Dat­low, is now up and run­ning and free to read at www​.tor​.com, along with this beau­ti­ful illus­tra­tion by artist Ellen Barkin. It’s the story of a woman with a rare form of synes­the­sia who can feel sound waves and the har­row­ing res­cue mis­sion she under­takes in a cave with a nasty past.

I’ve had great responses to this story, which begins:

In spite of its dark his­tory, the entrance to the Brot­ter­ling Cave com­plex, eleven miles south of Krem­ming, Ken­tucky, appears bucolic, even invit­ing — a rocky, green arch, swathed in bul­blet ferns, Vir­ginia creep­ers, and sumacs mean­der­ing in lazy zigzags along the slope of the hill. In sum­mer, a sump­tu­ous veil of iron­weed and lobelia spills over the lava-​dark basalt, and cavers, from novice to expert, grind up the mudhole-​pocked log­ging road in their four-​wheel-​drives, leave their rides in the turn-​around, and trek inside like ants march­ing into the maw of a sleep­ing triceratops.

Most of the time, they come back just fine.”

Some­times, of course, they do not.

To read more, visit www​.tor​.com.

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