Content note: Bullying, abuse, & harassment; murder ideation; cannibalism; references to rape.
One thing that’s interesting about reading the back archives of a journal is seeing which stories age well (or don’t age at all!) and which don’t. I feel like this one ends up in the latter category: A story where the central heroine is part of the police force is a bit harder to swallow in 2021 than it may have been in 2015.
Then again, I’m not entirely sure I would’ve appreciated this story when it first came out: It is too gruesome, too violent for my tastes.
(First appeared in The Crimson Pact Volume 3, 2012.)