“A Window, Clear As A Mirror,” Live At PodCastle
You guys. This is amazing.
As you may or may not know, “A Window, Clear As A Mirror” is the most personal story I’ve ever written – the story of a man whose wife leaves him to go through a magic portal, and what he does to try to cope with that loss. And that story was blessed – it appeared in one of my favorite magazines, had artwork so beautiful I bought the originals and had them framed, got me my first “Recommended” review from Locus, and now?
Seriously, I’ve had audio productions done of my stories before, which I always adore – “As Below, So Above,” “Suicide Notes, Written By An Alien Mind,” “The Sound of Gears,” and “My Father’s Wounds” are all better read than I’ve had a right to have ’em – but…
…look. There’s a scene early on, when my heartbroken protagonist is sitting on a chair in his now-empty apartment, a magic mirror in his hand, trying to see the last of his wife. And he says, “Who – who’s the fairest one of all?” And Rish Outfield nailed it, the hitch in the voice, the hoarseness, the barely contained attempt to keep it together. All in one sentence. It was the voice in my head. And it was beautiful, and sad, and everything I wanted.
They did a great job. I hesitate to announce that this story’s also eligible for Hugos and Nebulas and what-have-you, but what do I care? It’s the voice in my head, reading to you. Go check it out. Share it if you love it.