Authors: Tristan J. Tarwater
I’m the only one who has these books in the city. I know what’s going on. I know.
The gun is hot in my hand now. The pages fall open. Someone is banging on my car door in a way that makes no sense. The symbols with their strange geometry at the bottom of my car.
My phone starts to ring. It’s face down so I can’t see who it is. Someone is screaming through the window.
The cruel smile in the sky is laughing now, the smoke plume rising up into it. The wind mixes with screams.
The phone rings again.
Fists beat on my windows. Sirens shriek in the distance.
The page lies open.
I bring the gun to my head.
The symbols are there. Burned into the land.
The mouth in the sky gapes wider, devouring its sacrificial smoke.
The people are crying. Martin’s words ring in my ears.
I put my finger on the trigger.
I see the face of the priest in the window.
The symbol on the page is there.
I squeeze the trigger.
Tristan J Tarwater is the author of The Valley of Ten Crescents series. Born and raised in New York City she remembers reading a lot, visiting Museums and the Aquarium frequently and wanting to be a writer from a very early age. Her love of fantasy and sci-fi spills over into what she reads and watches in her free time as well as the collection of dice, books and small metal figurines that reside in her home.
Her work can also be found at
Troll in the Corner
where she writes the weekly column ‘Reality Makes the Best Fantasy’.
She currently lives in Central California with her Admin, Small Boss, a cat that knows it's a multipass and Azrael.
You can contact Tristan at
Other Works by
Tristan J. Tarwater
The Valley of Ten Crescents Series