Shotguns v Cthulhu: Walker

Dave Gross’ “Walker”

With the Stone Skin Press Kickstarter in its climactic days, we’ll be highlighting the contributors and stories behind Shotguns v. Cthulhu, our anthology of action-packed Lovecraftiana.

The intersection between Seattle’s cops and its homeless community becomes all too visceral for cash-strapped police officer Rebecca Eames when she hits a homeless guy with her car. She takes the barely intelligible warning he utters as a symptom of the usual mental illness. But if he’s crazy, why is she the one seeing that crazy lobster-damselfly thing emerging from a narrow lane?

Dave Gross grounds the weirdness of his tale “Walker” against a tellingly drawn backdrop of Seattle street life. The story’s voice shifts to match the uncertainty of the characters’ perceptions and loyalties. And I’d tell you more about that other thing, but that would be telling you more about that other thing.

“I remember seeing a few strange things when I lived in Seattle,” says Dave. “What bothers me more are the things I might not remember.”

Dave Gross was born in Michigan but grew up in Virginia. After earning a Master’s degree in English, he worked as a technical writer and teacher before moving north to edit magazines for TSR in Wisconsin. Later he moved west to do the same for Wizards of the Coast and Paizo Publishing in Washington, writing fiction on the side. He is the author of the Pathfinder Tales novels Prince of Wolves and Master of Devils. With Elaine Cunningham he co-authored Winter Witch. Dave now lives in Alberta, Canada with the best things in life, his wife and their small menagerie.

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