“The Beasts of the Earth, the Madness of Men” by Brooke Bolander

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Captain Perth has been chasing the same whale for longer than she can remember. They are both dead, and there seems to be no end to their hunter/prey dance. But that is how Perth wants it. She enjoys torturing herself with regrets and mistakes of the past. She does not want to be free of the hellish cycle, but the whale is ready for the end of their games. When the whale is beached, Perth must decide whether to finally end the madness or get the whale back into the water.

The Beasts of the Earth, the Madness of Men

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About the Author
Brooke Bolander is a chaos-sowing trickster girl of indeterminate employment, half-tornado, half-writer. Originally from the deepest, darkest regions of the southern US, she attended the University of Leicester from 2004 to 2007 studying History and Archaeology and is a graduate of the 2011 Clarion Writers’ Workshop at UCSD. She enjoys loud music, peaty scotch, drawings that move, and anything pumpkin-flavored you might happen to have on hand. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Reflection’s Edge, Strange Horizons, and Lightspeed.
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