by Caspian Gray.
“Summer Girls” first appeared in Black Static #35, which was their July/August 2013 issue.
CASPIAN GRAY currently lives with a tall man and a small dog in Columbus, Ohio, where he’s a copywriter for a used car dealership. He has previously worked as a funeral director’s apprentice, a pet nutritionist, and an English teacher to Korean immigrants living in Japan. His fiction has appeared in places like Interzone, Nightmare Magazine, Odyssey, and ChiZine.
Your reader – Robert A.K. Gonyo – is a voiceover artist residing in Queens, New York; when he’s not at the mic, he’s directing, acting, or playing music in New York’s off-off-Broadway theatre community. He produces and hosts a podcast on off-off-Broadway, Go See a Show!, available on the web and on iTunes. You can follow his work, and contact him for voiceover gigs, at ROBERT GONYO.com.
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“Something brushed his leg. For a moment he felt the sensation of fingers closing on his ankle. Dan started, then floundered away, panicked as a little kid at the first touch of seaweed. He composed himself in case Kayla was watching, but she was treading water further out, eyes on the horizon. Dan swam out to her, accidentally swallowing a mouthful of salt water, then splashed water on her back to get her attention. Kayla turned, pulling long strands of hair out of her eyes.
_The dead girl_, Dan signed. This was one of their home-signs, a single gesture not rendered in his bastardized ASL.
Kayla cocked her head. _Too early_, she signed. _The dead girl won’t be here ’til August._
_She touched me_, Dan signed. _She touched me._
Kayla swam closer to him. They treaded water, looking out over the dark waves for her bobbing corpse. There was no sign of her.
_Let’s swim back._”
About the Author
Caspian Gray is a used car salesman who has previously worked as a funeral director’s apprentice, a pet nutritionist, an English teacher in Japan, a Japanese teacher in America, and a crystal healing “expert” in a head shop. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he shares a home with a tall man and a small baby.
Caspian Grey has work forthcoming from Nightmare Magazine, and his stories have previously appeared in ChiZine, and Black Static. Make sure to go back and check out Flock over on PodCastle, as well as both In Bloom and Summer Girls in our back catalog. While Caspian has appeared in our company three times before, this is the first original publication with Escape Artists.