“That’s one of the problems with the ‘Three bad things,’ theory. Exactly where does it start and where does it stop?“
— Kathy Kingston
Don and I are pleased to announce that Kathy’s Kingston’s classic short story, “Three Bad Things,” will appear in The Lost Librarian’s Grave horror and weird fiction anthology.
A late bloomer, Kathy Kingston became a published writer at the age of 66 in a Sisters in Crime LA anthology.
She has always been an avid reader and her experience as a grocery store cashier, bank teller, wholesale plant salesman and a New York fashion model gave her lots of raw material to work with.
She now resides in Venice, California and is an award winning landscape contractor specializing in drought tolerant landscapes. Short stories are her first love, but she is currently working on a novel.
Kingston’s tale opens with her narrator in a tough spot:
"I lift my head up from the rock and let it drop with a resounding thump. I close my eyes and savor the pain as I would a piece of expensive Peruvian dark chocolate melting slowly in my mouth. I lift my head a little higher, and drop it again. The pain emanates in waves and I am grateful."
Our protagonist is a woman with a vivid imagination, a theory, and perhaps just a touch of entomophobia.*
Kingston takes us down a twisted road where we learn, and have the pleasure of reliving with our narrator, the odd chain of events that led to the opening lines above. Buckle up and enjoy a wild ride along the borders of fate and chance circumstance fueled by dreams, a touch of madness, culminating in a final, mind-shattering horror!
The Lost Librarian’s Grave—coming October 1, 2021.
* Well, maybe more than a touch.