My short story “Pestilence” (4,000 words) is about a woman who begins having symptoms of an STI soon after she finds out her boyfriend cheated on her. She has disturbing, sexual dreams where she is visited by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, depicted as literal half-men, half-horses. One of them, Pestilence, takes a particular interest in her. She daydreams of revenge on her ex while trying to figure out why she is seeing Pestilence everywhere.
“Pestilence” received praise by Houston Press last year:
“By far, the most disturbing story in Road Kill Volume 7 is the opening shot by former Road Kill editor and Houston author Madison Estes. “Pestilence” is a shot across the bow in a state where reproductive freedom has all but been eradicated in a far-right push by the Republican-dominated government.”
“Darkly funny while never losing its edge, the tale is the perfect way to open such an unapologetic collection.”
I am offering a copy of this work for Bram Stoker Award consideration. If you are a HWA member and would like a free copy, you may read the story here: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1FNOScO_ny1i06MKf4UjrlF0Vw2O4rI5eWI5MgQC75Uw/edit?usp=sharing&fbclid=IwAR2FMBOCZO1q7hkWF6cVbAM6ONRJYSQ46Ij5Hmg8SQgoRelksHpL54932_4
Month of Publication: September
Publishing House: HellBound Books
The work appears in Road Kill Vol. 7: Texas Horror by Texas Writers
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