In Gabino Iglesias's terrifying story, part of Tor Nightfire's Come Join Us By the Fire series, college students deliver a presentation about the Lady Rose, a ghost ship with a final, deadly message. Iglesias begins this terrifying story by focusing on mundane details, from the boredom of its viewpoint character to the disinterested students, then builds terror as the story progresses. Anybody who has had to suffer the oral student project, either as presenter or an attendee, will be drawn in immediately by Gabino's smooth prose and vivid imagery. The audio production enhances the story, compelling the reader to listen up to the final second.
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. A member of the Turkey City Writer's Workshop, his work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Tell-Tale Press, Skull Fragments: A Skelos Sampler, Rick Klaw's Rayguns Over Texas!, Nova Express, Moving Pictures, Her Majesty's Secret Servant, and Revolution SF. His film column "Watching the Future" appeared each month at Hugo Award-winning SF Signal.
He lives in Central Texas.