Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep by Michael Merriam

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A new world is emerging years after war destroyed society. In a Minnesota lake, the last surviving loons, direct descendants of the legendary First Pair, await the one who can help heal the earth. Each year a human sacrifice is brought to them to be endowed with special gifts, but they come at a terrible price.

Even as the rest of the world rebuilds, Grace Kriske's life is shattered. Unable to walk, she feels utterly dependent on her family and trapped in a community that disapproves of her rebellious ways. Grace's only solace is her lover, David Tvedt, a trader who wants to take her away with him—if she'd let him.

Yet something else calls to Grace—the loons. They haunt her dreams, lurking in her mind as if part of her deepest primal self. But when Grace is chosen as the new sacrifice, she's afraid. Will she risk everything to help the community that shuns her, or will she choose her own path?

18,000 words


About Michael Merriam

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Michael Merriam has sold science fiction, fantasy, and horror short fiction to several magazines and anthologies, includingAndromeda Spaceways Inflight MagazineBards and Sages QuarterlyNorthern Lights: 20 MinnSpec TalesandRuins: Terra.He received an Honorable Mention inThe Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008and is a two-time semifinalist in the Writers of the Future contest.Like most writers, Michael has worked a variety of odd jobs over the years, including as a musician, short-order cook, freight logistics manager and the booking agent for a puppet troupe. In 2003, after being laid off and declared legally blind, Michael began writing again, rekindling a passion he had set aside nearly two decades earlier.Michael reads slush forFantasy Magazineand is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers. He lives in Hopkins, Minnesota, with his wife and an ordained cat. Visit his homepage at
Published November 15, 2010 by Carina Press. 53 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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