DAY 8 OF 30: KRISTI PETERSEN SCHOONOVER
8. Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7. Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6. Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5. Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4. Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3. Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2. Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1. Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”
In “February Thaw,” a single mother trying to
protect her young son from a strange father discovers that running away may
cause worse implications.
Sometimes, the best thing to do is run away.
I’d done it plenty of times. I quit the girls’ ice hockey team because my teammates were cruel, but ended up loving figure skating. I walked off the job at my parents’ truck stop and ended up getting one at the general store with less controlling bosses and a higher paycheck. I abandoned my used, broken-down snow trekker in a blizzard and lucked into a newer model for a song because the dealer’s son was sweet on me.
As a child in the frigid hell miles northeast of Yellowknife, I’d always dreamed of living in the palm treed warmth. So when Seth’s father—once I saw him for what he was and what kind of life we’d have to live—decided he’d stop at nothing to have the family he craved, it wasn’t difficult to run again . . .
—February Thaw by KRISTI PETERSEN SCHOONOVER
ABOUT: KRISTI PETERSEN SCHOONOVER
Kristi Petersen Schoonover knows a real ice road trucker, and she’ll forever treasure the video birthday greeting he sent her from Yellowknife—even though her favorite book as a child was The Penguin that Hated the Cold. Her stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, most recently in ForNever After and Wicked Creatures. She has work forthcoming in Gen-Xed, parABnormal, and Crow & Cross Keys, and her books include a story collection, The Shadows Behind. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College; she serves as co-host of the Dark Discussions podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 Orchard, and is a member of both the Horror Writers Association and New England Horror Writers. She lives with her husband, Nathan, in the Connecticut woods. Follow her adventures at www.kristipetersenschoonover.com.
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