I am so extremely delighted to introduce Naching Kassa to the Arterial Bloom lineup! Naching’s story “The Darker Side of Grief” explores the grief and terror of children. Sometimes adults let them down and they’re forced to take care of each other. I can’t get this story out of my head, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
“Are you afraid to die?” he asked. He didn’t know where the question had come from.
“Yes,” she replied.
“You don’t act scared.”
“I hide it well. Are you scared?”
“I can’t be scared.”
“Who told you that?”
“Nobody. If I were scared, I couldn’t help Mindy. I couldn’t do…the things I need to do.” -Naching Kassa, “The Darker Side of Grief”
Naching T. Kassa is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She has over nineteen short stories published (the most recent, “The Face,” is in the anthology, Campfire Tales) and she’s written two novellas. She lives in Eastern Washington State with her husband, Dan, their three children, and their dog.
Naching Kassa joins authors Christopher Barzak, John Boden, Jennifer Loring ,Ken Liu, Jimmy Bernard, Carina Bissett, Linda J. Marshall, Dino Parenti, and Armand Rosamilia in the Arterial Bloom horror anthology published by Crystal Lake Publishing.