by Kevin Anderson
It had the characteristics of a spider but looked more like some underwater creature – a mutated octopus or alien squid. The arachnid’s legs were thick like tentacles, splayed out on a chalky porcelain table. Pools of blood spotted the off-white surface and a pair of forceps lay next to the spider, providing a sense of scale. The creature’s creamy white frame seemed about four inches in length. Its color reminded Caroline of the salamanders discovered in subterranean caves. Living their whole lives in darkness, the lizards looked pasty – sickly.
Leaning in, Wendy traced a finger along the picture’s caption. “It says, it didn’t have any eyes.”
“It doesn’t need them,” Caroline said, grinning. “It lives in darkness, just feeling its way around.” Just like the salamanders.
Wendy stood up. “This doesn’t prove anything, Caroline. You don’t have spiders living in your brain for god-sakes.”
About the Author
Kevin Anderson has been published in Deathgrip and Exit Laughing and Surreal magazine.
About the Narrator
Mur Lafferty is an American podcaster and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She is the host and creator of the podcast I Should Be Writing. She was, until July 2007, the host and co-editor of Pseudopod. She was the editor and host of Escape Pod from 2010, when she took over from Steve Eley, until 2012, when she stepped down and was replaced by Norm Sherman in order to focus on her writing. In 2015, she edited Mothership Zeta for Escape Artists, Inc. She has returned to co-edit Escape Pod with S.B. Divya.
Mur is the 2013 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She was a finalist for the Hugo for Best Fancast for Ditch Diggers with Matt Wallace.