My short story Darkling Roast is now available in Great Old Ones Publishing’s Bugs:Tales that Slither, Creep and Crawl anthology. Amazon has paperback and kindle versions.
“I sat in the front corner of the coffee shop, my back to a bright, modernist canvas crammed with butterflies and flowers, nursing a latte and eyeing the door each time it jingled. Our appointment was ten minutes overdue and I wondered if he’d had no intention of sitting for an interview, if he’d said yes just to get me off of the phone. Or had I chosen the wrong location? Would he set foot in a shop selling the very drink that had been his life, his art, and which he’d abruptly abandoned without explanation five years ago? Why had the world’s leading coffee expert turned his back on his life’s work? Had it betrayed him? It suggested a mystery, a trauma, perhaps even a crime. That’s the story I wanted for my article. That would get me on the front page. But first Jasper J. Lasco had to show up.”