This story is part of the forthcoming collection A World Full of Strangers available May 2, 2023.

Lady In the Lake

I found her body pinned beneath a broken-down pier, her face buoyant and staring at the moon. She kept me company as the summer nights grew colder. The lake in those days was far less inhabited…more like a giant mud hole between broken down cabins and lake houses. There were no other teenage boys around, just some old fishermen on the other side of the lake. It was just me and Pa fixing up an old lake house, a mere shack he inherited from my grandpa. At that time, my mother was gone, left us for greener pastures, and I was bitter but growing more to understand why she had gone away. [...]


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Shane Ryan Staley
Shane Ryan Staley
Shane Ryan Staley is an American publisher, editor, and author. He is best known as the founder and owner of Delirium Books, a publisher of horror and dark fantasy fiction. Staley is also a writer and editor, and has published several books and anthologies under his own name and as a co-editor. He has a reputation for his love of horror and his dedication to the genre, and is well-respected within the horror community. Staley is passionate about promoting and preserving the works of classic and contemporary horror writers, and his work as a publisher and editor has helped to bring many new readers to the genre. Staley has authored eight short story collections and two short novels, The Cleansing (Bloodletting Press) and Redemption (Darkside Digital). To date, he has published more than 250 short stories in independent publications and ‘zines throughout the world.
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