This week’s new ebook is “Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo.” Originally published in Daily Science Fiction, Sept. 2011.
Zoë hears voices, three of them. She always has, even before her father died and she had to move to New Orleans. They tell her things, help her when she’s in trouble, and warn her when danger’s nearby. So she doesn’t understand when they advise her to trust Maurin, the strange voodoo man who asks for her still-beating heart in exchange for his help in repairing her most treasured keepsake, her father’s bone flute.
A story about friendship and grief, and how sometimes you have to lose your heart to find it.
Eugie Foster is one of the best writers of speculative short fiction currently working. She has great facility for language and structure, an ability to see beauty and terror in equal measure, and consistently crafts stories that are both harrowing and satisfying…‘Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo’…is a story about friendship and grief, about losing your heart to find it…You may cry at the end. You’ll be glad you read it.
—Kat Howard, Fantasy Matters
…a well-written and intriguing story, Foster’s skill as a writer draws the reader in to the emotional worlds of the characters. In short fiction it is often difficult for readers to have enough invested in the characters to care about them but Foster accomplishes this flawlessly.
—Michael K. Rose, Myriad Spheres
If “Requiem” is any indication on how well [Eugie Foster] writes, you can expect several more awards to come her way in the near future. The story was just plain dynamite. It is the best Friday story I have read at DSF yet. Recommended.
—Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots