Free Fiction Monday: The Women of Whale Rock

Free Fiction Monday: The Women of Whale Rock

Whale Rock’s sheriff, Dan Retsler, considers himself a practical man. But he has no explanation for the horrible deaths that take place on his beach.  Nor does he know why so many locals fear the sea. 

The answer lies in legends of mermaids—not the pretty kind, but the kind that lure sailors to their deaths. Retsler doesn’t believe in them, but nothing quite explains the women he sees, near the beach when he investigates a friend’s sudden and tragic death.

The Women of Whale Rock,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story is also available in ebook here and as part of the new release Fantasy Life and Other Stories (Author Preferred Edition) here.  



The Women of Whale Rock

Kristine Kathryn Rusch



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2 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: The Women of Whale Rock”

  1. David Durgee says:

    Definitely not the usual mermaid tale. It leaves me wondering, however, what the mermaids get out of the encounters. Given their ruthless, vengeful and angry behavior perhaps just knowing they have their victim in thrall may be sufficient. Likewise I have to wonder at their ancestry and capabilities and how numerous they are. If they are indeed mammalian and need to surface to breathe as do other seagoing mammals it would be surprising for them to not be more than legends unless they are extremely rare or limited in their range.

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