Horror Story by Carmen Maria Machado (2018)
Tuesday’s Tale of Horror July 17, 2018
Carmen Maria Machado is an author of stories published in New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, Electric Literature, AGNI, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction. She has just published her first collection of short stories Her Body and Other Parties: Stories (finalist for the 2017 National Book Award and finalist for the Kirkus Prize). If you are ready to discover a modern writer of ghost stories and horror, vivid and surreal, this is your gal. She likes to write about the spaces between the fantastic and reality. This writer goes deep.
In this week’s story, Machado writes about a haunted house. Not at all what you might expect.
‘It started so small: a mysteriously clogged drain; a crack in the bedroom window. We’d just moved into the place, but the drain had been working and the glass had been intact, and then one morning they weren’t. My wife tapped her fingernail lightly on the crack in the pane and it sounded like something was knocking, asking to be let in.’
At 1300 words, this is a quick 15-minute read. This story was originally published in Granta.
Read the short story at Nightmare Magazine:
“When you enter into horror, you’re entering into your own mind, your own anxiety,
your own fear, your own darkest spaces.”
Carmen Maria Machado.
Visit Carmen Maria Machado at her website: https://carmenmariamachado.com/fiction/
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