Closing Music: “O Come All Ye Faithful,” performed by Twisted Sister
by Mur Lafferty
Gloria blinked. “Why do the people in Cleveland love Christmas more than anywhere else?”
Toby grinned and spread his hands on the bar, unadorned fingers splayed. He stared at them, “I didn’t say Cleveland’s people loved Christmas. I said Cleveland.”
“And you’re saying Charlotte doesn’t like Christmas?”
Toby took a deep breath and let it out. “Oh, no. I’m saying Charlotte flat out hates Christmas.”
Gloria kept her voice level, the best thing to do when dealing with a crazy person. “And why do you think this?”
“I’m an urban shaman. A citytalker. I’m here to talk to Charlotte to find out why it’s unhappy.”
About the Author
Mur Lafferty is the co-editor and sometime-host of Escape Pod.
She is an American podcaster and writer based in Durham, North Carolina. She is the host and creator of the podcasts I Should Be Writing and Ditch Diggers. Her books have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Philip K. Dick, and Scribe Awards. In the past decade she has been: co-founder/co-editor of Pseudopod, founder of Mothership Zeta, editor or co-editor of Escape Pod (where she is currently).
She is fond of Escape Artists, in other words.
Mur is the 2013 winner of the Astounding Award for Best New Writer (formerly the John W. Campbell Award).