A novella. Originally published in The Daughters of Inanna (edited by Brian Keene). Cover Art by George C. Cotronis.
The machines have been running overtime in Obsidia's Becher District and everything seems a touch out of sync. Epoch II is about to begin and the Ministry of Obstetrics is making preparations, but whether homicidal Alex is a problem or an asset to this long-awaited transition has yet to be determined in The One That Comes Before, a novella by master Mythos author Livia Llewellyn.
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, a childhood spent in Tacoma, Washington, and now a life in New Jersey. Livia is not not quite sure how that happened... By day she is a secretary, filing papers, creating spreadsheets, updating calendars, sorting papers the usual secretarial things. At night, she writes about lonely young girls who can speak to engines, Nikola Tesla's secret journals, long-horned demons lost in Northwest suburbia, giant biomechanical insects, mothers who are good monsters, monsters who are good mothers, and lots of consensual human-&-creature sex.