Things Slip Through by Kevin Lucia, with an introduction by award-winning author & editor Thomas F. Monteleone (Borderlands), is a collection of connected stories. The beginning tale, “Clifton Heights, New York,” is introduced by the narrator, Chris. He's an outsider cop who has lived in the mysterious and disturbing Clifton Heights for only a year. He starts by discussing the issue of truth, particularly truth between friends. How much truth is too much?
But on the issue of what makes Clifton Heights so disturbing: Chris has had enough of just pieces of the truth, or outright lies. He wants answers, and he weighs the consequences of demanding those answers from his friends Fitz, Gavin and Father Ward. Will they still be friends by the end of the evening?
He decides that it's worth the risk, even though the thought of the truth scares him more than he's willing to admit. Because people are disappearing. Disappearing into the woods, or leaving town, or simply vanishing to who-knows-where.
With his latest case, a missing child, Chris has decided that it's time to find out what these missing person cases are about, and why it is that nobody in the town seems to admit to knowing anything, even though it's clear that they do. But his friends, despite their apprehension, agree to tell him the truth.
From there, it's only a matter of time before Chris gets what he wants, and there's a good chance it will end up being a case of “be careful what you wish for.”
Nancy O. Greene started writing at the age of nine. Her short story collection, Portraits in the Dark, received a brief mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007. Other works have appeared or will appear in ChiZine; Lovecraft eZine; Cemetery Dance; Tales of Blood and Roses; Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror; Shroud Publishing's The Terror at Miskatonic Falls; Dark Recesses; Flames Rising; Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! and others. She has a BA in Cinema (Critical Studies) and a minor in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Southern California, and is a Fellow of Film Independent's Project: Involve.