Maisie has been eking out a living selling jams and jellies at the local farmers’ markets, but an old colleague of her deceased husband has recommended her for a big commission: baking an elaborate wedding cake. The bride is unconventional, the match hard to fathom, and the cake a true original.
In many ways, “Nonpareil” is the closest thing to an old-fashioned horror story I’ve ever written. An increasing sense of unease ratchets up to full-bore YIKES! near the end. I’m delighted that Tales from the Lake, Vol. 5 editor Kenneth W. Cain placed it in the anthology alongside creepy tales from the likes of Gemma Files, Allison Pang, and other masters of horror.
I wanted to set this in British Columbia, so I got some background from the patient and admirable Charly Thompson of fiction podcast The Centropic Oracle. Any mistakes are mine, not hers.
Tales from the Lake, Vol. 5 is available in paperback and Kindle editions. Go ahead, dip a toe in. You’ll almost certainly get it back.