The Weight of a Blessing up at Clarkesworld


Just a note that my angry short story “The Weight of a Blessing” is now up at ClarkesworldThis was a really tough story to write, for much the same reasons as “Scattered Along the River of Heaven”, though this one took months to get right…

Have a look and tell me what you think?



  1. Excellent story, so powerful. Bravo.

  2. Aw thank you!

  3. A lovely story indeed. Your talent as a writer is wonderful and you create such strong and evocative imagery.

    A question around the visiting of The Dead – if contamination was a known issue why were visits still permitted or did this story take place before tactile contact virus transmission was known?

  4. @Lou: aw thank you! It’s a known issue, but the authorities rely on people having a bit of common sense and self-preservation sense when they visit; a bit like it’s a known issue that poking at an angry bulldog or doberman will result in unpleasant consequences, but people still own them… 99% of people don’t go around deliberately lowering their filters, it’s a bit like visiting someone in a clean zone and taking off your hazmat suit…

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