Two sisters take in a handsome lodger. But why does he have a cage? Maria Rose narrates.


William Burton McCormick is a Nevada native and Hawthornden Castle Fellowship winner, has lived ten years in Ukraine and visited Odessa, the setting of “Kutsenko’s Cage” numerous times. The story’s protagonists, sisters Tasia and Eleni Karadopoulina, debuted in the Derringer Award-nominated story “The Antiquary’s Wife” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, March 2013.

Maria Rose is a graphic designer, writer, astrologer, classicist. Sometimes saturnine, mostly eccentric. You can hear her audiobook narration work in “Messengers of the Right” from University of Press Audiobooks.


Theme song: Ashes Ashes by Deus Ex Vapore Machina/devmmusic.com

Osgoode’s Chorus: Deadly Roulette by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

The Forest and the Trees, Plaint, Procession of the King, Long Note Two, A Singular Perversion by Kevin MacLeod/incompetech.com

The Winter is Inside Us by Ilya Marfin from Fugue

October is submissions month. We’re accepting manuscripts until the 21st.