SFR Brigade Presents…

Here’s another installment in my unnamed paranormal romance. This occurs after the team, led by Calandra de’Medici, fails in its attempts to banish Dantalion, a duke of hell (demon).

Calandra awoke in a room in Torrey Hall, with tubes running from her left arm to a bag on a rack overhead. Her right arm was encased in plaster. The sign on the wall read “No Smoking,” but someone left a cigarette burn in the middle of the first “o.” A cart stood off to her left with a tray of food on top. Green gelatin peeked over the rim of a small plastic bowl. The sight of food made her ill, and a sudden ache crept across the front of her head, over the grogginess. She searched for the call button and pressed it.

A nurse walked in after an interminably long wait, and Calandra had to refrain from making a sarcastic remark.

“Good, you’re awake,” the nurse said. She wore purple scrubs decorated with airplanes, which made Calandra long for the days of white nurses’ uniforms with the starched caps.

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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9 responses to SFR Brigade Presents…


  1. I love Calandra’s name. Fun snippet. Great description.

  2. Ah the green gelatin, sure sign of being stuck in a hospital. Terrific details, loved the excerpt!

  3. Really like the descriptions. Nothing says hospital like green gelatin. Also liked the scrubs decorated with airplanes.

  4. Cigarette burn in the “o”–brilliant! I’m excited about this latest book.

  5. Vivid details here. Leaves me wondering why she’s in hospital. (And why there are planes on the nurse’s uniform!)

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