Not Dy­ing in Cen­tral Texas

Pulp Literature - - NOT DYING IN CENTRAL TEXAS -

Sarah Pinsker

Neb­ula award nom­i­nee Sarah Pinsker, whose short fic­tion has ap­peared in and the

has lived ev­ery­where from Texas to Toronto, but cur­rently calls Bal­ti­more, Mary­land, her home. “I’ve got a lot of fic­tional mileage out of the two years my fam­ily spent in Texas. I was only five, so most of the mem­o­ries in­volve my fear of the real mon­sters of Texas: rat­tlesnakes, fire ants, scor­pi­ons, wasps.” For this story, which was orig­i­nally pub­lished in

(June 2010) she added a fic­tional mon­ster. Part of her goal was to cre­ate the most unglam­orous, un­sparkly, un­sexy vampire pos­si­ble. We think she suc­ceeded.

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