Short story: “Centipede Heartbeat”

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“Centipede Heartbeat,” by Caspian Gray

Appeared here in Nightmare Magazine, May 2013

4789 words, according to Nightmare

A fun, creepy yarn. The reading in the audio is very good.

I always like the device of leaving the reality of the horror ambiguous, with the point-of-view character being off-kilter enough to be potentially unreliable, but not enough to remove all doubt. Though I’d probably like this story better if it drew out that tension or complicated it in some way, or resolved it fully. As it stands, the ending works okay, but it’s not very satisfying.