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on: September 30, 2016, 11:20:26 PM
Pseudopod 510: Falling Under, Through the Dark

by Damien Angelica Walters.

“Falling Under, Through the Dark” originally appeared in May 2015 in Black Static. This story was On Ellen Datlow’s list of Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year 8.

Damien Angelica Walters’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in various anthologies and magazines, including The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015, Year’s Best Weird Fiction: Volume One, Cassilda’s Song, The Mammoth Book of Cthulhu: New Lovecraftian Fiction, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, and Apex Magazine. She was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award for “The Floating Girls: A Documentary,” originally published in Jamais Vu. Sing Me Your Scars, a collection of short fiction, was released in 2015 from Apex Publications. The titular story “Sing Me Your Scars” was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction. Paper Tigers, a novel, was released in 2016 from Dark House Press. Find her on Twitter @DamienAWalters or on the web at http://damienangelicawalters.com

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Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Lightspeed, Accessing the Future, Strange Horizons, PodCastle, Escape Pod, Cast of Wonders, the Drabblecast, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Crossed Genres, Daily Science Fiction, and Penumbra.

She has a degree in English and is currently pursuing a second degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She lives in Athens, GA with her husband and perpetual alpha reader, Jason.

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Kara’s sitting at her desk when she falls. There’s no time for panic; it happens too fast. One moment she’s working; the next, she’s in the water. Gravity and the force of the fall plunge her into the depths and everything blurs. She wants to yell but her body needs to conserve oxygen and won’t allow it. Natural buoyancy kicks in and she bobs to the surface, eyes still burning from the chlorine.

Now her heart starts to race and she breathes in huge gulps of air, her mind already fumbling for statistics. Facts. Every day an average of ten people die from drowning, and of those, two are children fourteen and younger.






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Reply #1 on: October 01, 2016, 02:58:35 AM
This Rachael K. Jones person is one horror story shy of a double-Full House!

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Reply #2 on: October 05, 2016, 09:19:32 PM
I'm guessing everybody's too depressed to comment on this one...

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Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 01:59:54 PM
Oof, this one got me right in the feels.  No doubt in part because I have a 3 year old at home (but not a pool!)

As the story started out, and she was describing the sensations she was feeling as well as the way she pulled out of it, I recognized someone's description (was it Sarah Gailey?) of methods to try to cope with PTSD, which of course was what this poor character is going through.

I can imagine how horrible it must be to realize that you were actually the one who screwed up, and find it easier to slip into blaming your spouse.  Whoever did it, it was a screwup, it wasn't intentional, and I hope that they can both find a way to grieve and keep on living.



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Reply #4 on: October 11, 2016, 07:50:35 AM
Yeesh, that was tough.

We had an in ground pool.

We dug it out and filled it in before we had kids. It's a choice that I've never regretted.

I couldn't imagine having to watch the kids with that thing around. God, the stress.
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Reply #5 on: October 12, 2016, 09:00:23 PM
I just couldn't make it through this one.  Tone, style, content, narration.  Some combination of all of these made this one of the few stories I had to drop out of after about 15 minutes.  Sounds like it just got more depressing as it went.

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Reply #6 on: October 21, 2016, 10:24:46 PM

We had an in ground pool.

We dug it out and filled it in before we had kids.

I read that as "we dug it out and filled it in with kids", and for a moment there, I was deeply confused.



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Reply #7 on: October 23, 2016, 03:04:50 PM

We had an in ground pool.

We dug it out and filled it in before we had kids.

I read that as "we dug it out and filled it in with kids", and for a moment there, I was deeply confused.

As long as no one writes THAT story and submits it to the Pseudopod slush pile, you can be forgiven for your confusion! 

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Reply #8 on: November 19, 2016, 04:58:55 AM
I only realized that she'd swapped the narrative in her mind about half a minute before it was made completely explicit ... did any of you figure it out earlier in the story?

I don't have kids and can't directly relate to something as terrible as this, but I do think the story perfectly captured that sense of "this didn't really happen - I can fix it - there's no way this just happened - I just have to go back" that your brain does when something irreversible just happened.



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Reply #9 on: December 28, 2019, 04:31:41 PM
Well written story, imo.


We had an in ground pool.

We dug it out and filled it in before we had kids.

I read that as "we dug it out and filled it in with kids", and for a moment there, I was deeply confused.



"Honey, I distinctly heard you ask for a "kiddie pool" so I don't understand what all the blubbering is about."


We need a story about a husband horrifically misunderstanding his wife's "honey-do" list.