Colonel Mathura beckons me forward, but the balcony is a maw with a balustrade of marble teeth. The crowd devours me with their cheers. I shuffle forward to be consumed by their support. The midday ... [+]
Floris M. Kleijne
Floris M. Kleijne is the author of the Dutch thriller Klaverblad and >40 short stories. He was the first Dutchman to win Writers of the Future (in 2005, with the SF novelette Meeting the Sculptor). He writes in English and Dutch, and his first novel, a Dutch thriller, was published in 2021 to critical acclaim. Find more about his writing, and free stories, on https://www.floriskleijne.com.
"You didn't invite them in, did you, Sheila?"
Grandfather Jessup clasped my biceps in his feeble grip and searched my face, worry akin to fear darkening his eyes. I patted his liver-stained hand and ... [+]