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Henry Lien, Author

Shadow

The Shadow You Cast Is Me

A man in a troubled marriage secretly takes JPGs of his wife while she sleeps. She wakes up, catches him, and makes him an unexpected proposition to save their marriage. [Note: story contains mature content]

This story was published in the May 2015 issue of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. I workshopped this story at Clarion West under Mary Rosenblum and Stephen Graham Jones. My Clarion West instructors Kelly Link and Gavin Grant bought it for LCRW. This story was my attempt to channel Kubrick and Lynch and write a sort of “Eyes Wide Shut on Mulholland Drive”. I meant it to be an exploration of how objectification of women reduces everyone’s humanity, even the objectifier’s. The story is told strictly from the POV of a really messed up guy, the guy is physically modeled on me (though he is straight, and as different from me in values as could be), and many scenes are set in my life and my home. Thus, it’s an uncomfortable story for me, but art’s not about staying comfortable.

Here is some critical reaction to the story.
Locus Magazine, Lois Tilton
SFRevu, Sam Tomaino

Here is where you can subscribe or buy the issue containing the story.
Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet