“A Lie You Give, and Thus I Take” is now available in the December issue of Lightspeed. My story will be available to read online on 12/23, but you can purchase the entire issue right now. Take a look at the amazing Table of Contents:
“Pay Phobetor” by Shale Nelson
“Valedictorian” by N.K. Jemisin
“Wake-Rider” by Vandana Singh
“The Lost Sepulcher of Huáscar Capac” by Paul Park
“They Tell Me There Will Be No Pain” by Rachael Acks
“The Faerie Cony-Catcher by Delia Sherman
“The Drawstring Detective” by Nik Houser
“Soul Case” by Nalo Hopkinson
“A Lie You Give, and Thus I Take” by Damien Angelica Walters
Still not convinced? How about an excerpt?
Don’t be fooled by the breadcrumbs in the forest. This is not a fairy tale.
The first lie is pretty and spirals from your mouth like candyfloss; sweet, so sweet, and I’m melting under your tongue. Baby, baby, baby, you say, and I gobble it up, unaware that every word you say comes with a candy thermometer and you’ve made me your latest caramel bonbon.