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Fiction Friday: Geist: The Sin-Eaters

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  • Fiction Friday: Geist: The Sin-Eaters

    The following fiction excerpt, from*Rum Is the Drink the Dead Like Best, comes from Geist: The Sin-Eaters‘ first edition.

    They hear the sounds coming from above, from Apartment 303. A woman weeps, the sounds of her bawling carried through pipes and mortar. Something falls over, a dull thud. A glass breaks, or maybe a plate. These things are not enough to draw Ben and Marie’s attention, because the couple upstairs, they fight all the time. Tooth and nail. Like it’s the end of the world.

    But the sounds continue. The sounds change.

    The woman screams. Then it’s the man that weeps. Great guffawing sobs.

    Soon after, a sound rises — quiet at first, just a dull whining hum. Marie looks to Ben across the kitchen table. She mouths the question as if someone is listening: “Call 911?”

    He shakes his head. Not yet, not yet.

    The low hum becomes a thrum, and soon it reminds them of something that it cannot be: ?ies, the sound of a ?y’s wings buzzing, multiplied a hundred times. Or a thousand. It’s coming from upstairs, but even here, they can ...


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