How would you characterize this thing? Is it a god? A demon? An elemental?
I hope the readers are asking themselves this question! I didn’t want a definitive answer in the story because I wanted the reader to be left asking, “What was that thing?” The narrator seems to think it’s a god, and one worthy of worship. Hopefully, the readers are questioning that assumption, the narrator’s reaction to the creature, and maybe even the cause of that reaction.
How do you think you would respond to encountering something like this? Especially once it started moving like a spider?
Would I have the sense to run away, perhaps to fight another day? Something this terrifying and otherworldly, though, might leave me frozen, afraid to turn my back on it. Yes, that would probably be me there, standing still, devoured by the outer darkness.
Have you got any writing plans for 2019?
I’ve set myself a pair of goals: write more and submit more. There’s a rumor going around that I can’t get published if I don’t submit.
If you had a message for readers about this story or writing in general, what would you say?
Like many writers, I write what I like to read. My favorite stories present the protagonist with forces beyond their full understanding and leave me, at the end, still thinking about the story, about what really happened, about what might happen next. I would love for my readers to feel that way, to be left wondering a little bit about what exactly was going on in the story, while also feeling satisfied with the tale they’ve read. It’s not an easy balance to achieve but I strive for that in nearly all of my fiction. Mostly, I want the reader to still be thinking about my story after they finish it.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
Two of my favorite pieces, one a flash and the other a mere 101 words including the title:
You can read Levi Krain’s new piece “Epiphany at Clark’s Crossing” in Issue Nine of The Ginger Collect!