WE ROTTED IN THE BITTERLANDS
By Rachel Nussbaum
Horror / Dystopian Horror (108 pages)
Available in 5×8 paperback and ebook formats.
What would be worse to lose, your body or mind? That’s the gamble one takes in the rebuilt remnants of the Bitterlands when they’re exposed to the toxic air without a gas mask: either catch the flesh rot and slowly rot to death, or catch the soul rot and go insane.
Perhaps no one knows this better than Lacey, a fifteen-year-old in a group home for orphans of the rot. Despite the loss in her life, Lacey’s gotten good at finding silver linings in a grey-tinted wasteland. When the unthinkable happens and her best friend catches the flesh rot, Lacey must steel herself and be there for him, no matter how hard it is. But as Lacey tries to show her friend a world with little things to hold on to, she can’t help but reflect on the past and the tragic events that led to her being placed in the group home.
It’s hard to be someone’s rock when everything else has crumbled and rotted away.
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About the Author
Rachel Nussbaum is a writer and artist from the Big Island of Hawaii. Her short stories and poetry have been featured in multiple anthologies, including The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk by Running Press (2015), Little Girl Lost: Thirteen Tales of Youth Disrupted by Mannison Press (2019), and The Good, the Bad, and the Cute: The Secret Ways of Dolls by Mannison Press (2021). Rachel recently graduated college and moved to California, where she hopes to grow her creative career and one day write and illustrate her own novels and comic books.
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