Josh Schlossberg’s short story, “Drain” leads off the July 2017 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, along with 16 other speculative fiction authors’ amazing tales!
As I lay in bed, leafing through my old hardcover copy of Talking to Heaven, I felt a tickle on my wrist. Some sort of beetle the size of an apple seed, flat and brown, nonchalantly crawled up my arm, as if out for an evening stroll. I shrieked and blew it onto the nightstand.
Since I’ve lived in the city my whole life, only getting out into the country a handful of times over the years, I was never much of a fan of bugs. Spiders hunched in dark corners. Bloated worms rotting on the sidewalk after a rain. Fruit flies buzzing around the sink in a cloud of filth. I know insects are a part of nature, but so is the flu—just because something’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good…