Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday

Calandra de’Medici, demon hunter, leads her first banishing, which goes awry:

The stench of excrement hung in the air, filling the narrow alley that ended at the side of a large Victorian house. Graffiti tattooed the brick walls, marking the turf of the Migo Nation. Tendrils of mist curled around the fetid odor, and rats and roaches crawled from their recesses and covered the walls and trash bins that lined the alley. The rodents moved in long, sinuous trails as they marched along, their destination the source of recent troubles.

Calandra de’ Medici and Gina Boveri paused and watched the parade, transfixed for a moment, before Calandra broke the silence.

“It’s here,” she whispered. Static charged the hair on her arms and back of her neck, forcing it on end.

“I’ll call the others,” Gina said.

Cal pulled the lavender-scented bandana up to her nose.

“Tell them to hurry, and download the blueprints to this house.”

About dohlman

Wright received her master’s degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright’s science fiction poem “Doomed” was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association's highest honor. Her other publications include “Of Sound Mind and Body” in the Bram Stoker award-nominated Sycorax’s Daughters; “Dear Octavia Butler” in the Locus Award-winning and Hugo-nominated Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler; “The Haunting of M117” in Genesis: An Anthology of Black Science Fiction; “Cyberpunk Remastered” in the award-winning Many Genres, One Craft; “The Last Stop” in Diner Stories: Off the Menu; “Bequeathal” in Far Worlds; and “Mission: Surreality” in The City. Find her on Twitter @KCeresWright.
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15 responses to Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday


  1. Wow – vivid description leading into the scene. I liked the rodent parade. I also liked the aspect of demon hunting and some of the old school details coupled with the prospect of downloading the house’s blue prints – applying new age technology to an ancient ritual.

  2. Oh, gross. So vividly written, it’s like I could smell and see the environs right along with them. What’s this snippet from? Is it released, is it going to be, is it, is it?? 😀

  3. Eeew… Awesome imagery. My skin is crawling. I’m with T.K.–Is the book out?

  4. The combination of medieval smells (and purpose for an alley) is in viivd contrast to downloading blueprints. But will the blueprints be current?

  5. Laurel C Kriegler

    Eeeew! Excellent descriptions. I’m blocking my nose…and mouth! Yuck!

  6. Lovely descriptions for such a stomach-churning scene. I look forward to seeing how this project develops!

  7. Wonderful description and world-building, Ceres. Very atmospheric!

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