Jean Ryan’s short story “The Spider in the Sink” is now up on Read Short Fiction! If you are fascinated with storm chasing, tornadoes or are a fan of Storm Stories or Twister, then you’ll want to check this out.

Spoiler-free comments:

I was sucked in from line one, but the beauty of this piece for me was that I didn’t know from paragraph to paragraph exactly where it was going; I also am a fan of the second person POV as long as it’s done well: when it’s done well, it has the most haunting and almost ominous quality to it. This is certainly one of the best pieces of second-person POV I’ve ever read, a true testament to the fact that choosing a POV for a story can make it a winner or a loser. In this case, it’s a winner.

Also, the spider has long been a symbol of fate—and certainly, when we talk about tornadoes, there is always that element of fate involved (that line from TwisterYou haven’t seen it miss this house, miss that house, and then come after you!” comes to mind).

“The Spider in the Sink” is one of those stories that’s going to stick in my memory for a long, long time. Catch it now at Read Short Fiction here:

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of the New England Horror Writers. Follow her adventures at

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