The Massey family loves their house. It's been in the family for generations, and the land on which it sits has been with them even longer. In the summer everyone comes through to visit and the house is alive with family friends, barbecues and lobster boils. But come fall, the mood shifts as all of the kids start training for their turn in the basement.Shea, the youngest Massey is training extra hard. She's thirteen and that means this is her year to battle on Solstice. Her older siblings won't tell her exactly what's in the basement, you don't know until you're fighting it. She's excited finally to be in the know.She does know that whatever happens in the basement every December 21 makes it possible for the Masseys to spend the rest of the year enjoying their home and all that it brings. It is her family duty.But something about this year is different. Mama's extra quiet this fall, and the house is breathing early.Maruyama explores the dangers of tradition, inheritance, and the sins of the father in this horror novella.
Kate Maruyama writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her fiction has been published in several literary journals in print and online and she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. In 2009, she co-founded a literary website with Diane Sherlock, which publishes articles about the craft of writing. To learn more visit Annotationnation.com