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Here’s the start of a new WIP–working title “Discovering Gremlins,” because I’ve shared about as much as I can of King Under the Mountain. Looks like urban fantasy so far, though I’m not yet sure where it’s going.




Gremlins didn’t much resemble their innocuous storybook versions—in fact, they varied in size and shape, and each and every one was absolutely terrifying. Perhaps it’s for the best that they have magical abilities to camouflage themselves, and to blur the memories of those that catch an unlucky glimpse. Because if you see a gremlin—really catch a good look, not a flash of movement and color—you’re doomed.

Seth Montgomery glared at his computer screen. Working in data entry wasn’t particularly exciting, except for when your computer crashed. Then it was horribly dull, but spiced with the adrenaline rush fueled headache of work and time lost. When rebooting his computer and subtly thumping the tower with his foot didn’t work, he sighed, and pushed away from his desk, heading into the IT dungeon.

Down in the basement, the room had no windows, illuminated by flickering florescent lights, several of which were always in need of replacement.

“Harry?” Seth called.

A dark head popped above one of the cubicle walls. Not Harry then, she was blonde.

*    *    *

Not entirely sure what this one is about. Scary gremlins, and an office job. Something’s going to happen to Seth Montgomery, for sure.


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

18 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Do gremlins have dark hair?

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh, I can feel the suspense. Well done!

  3. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I suspect the dark head is a gremlin. I hope Seth doesn’t get a good look.Wouldn’t want him doomed from the start! Tweeted

  4. You are a kick to read every time. Thanks once again, Caitlin.
    This week my snippet is under the title of “More C.R.Grows Up.”

  5. I knew it! Gremlins explain a lot about IT. 🙂 Interesting start to this tale.

  6. I love the premise and the snippet definitely has an ominous air about it…so I can’t wait for more!

  7. daryldevore says:

    Ooh a new story – and a surprise blonde. Lots of promise.

  8. Hywela Lyn says:

    Great beginning! (I’ve always suspected there were gremlins in my computer, now youhave me really scared! 🙂

  9. Diane Burton says:

    IT in the dungeon??? LOL Great beginning.

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