“Dragonsbreath” published in the From the Ashes anthology

My dark urban fantasy story Dragonsbreath has been published in From the Ashes: An Anthology of Elemental Urban Fantasy. It’s the story of a teen forced to wear a fireproof mask to protect himself and others from a power he can’t control. This story is an odd one for me: a little bit fantasy, a little bit horror, and a little bit (gasp!) romance. A portion of sales of the anthology will be donated to the Marco Hope Burn Foundation.

Content warning: gore

“Ma’am? Are you the mother?”

She nodded, never taking her eyes off her daughter’s lifeless body.

“Do you recognize this?”

The hand held a large plastic evidence bag in front of her face. Inside was a black fabric mask. It resembled a ski mask made from a thick fireproof material with ovals of dark tempered glass protecting each eye.