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Jan 4, 2021

Strix Antiqua by Hamilton Perez. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Hamilton Perez. 


I didn’t want to go back into those woods. I didn’t trust them, and I suppose they didn’t trust me either. But deep down, I knew: I had to go. You can’t just stay at home, whispering to God on bended knee when your little sister’s been taken by a witch.

Police combed through the forest during the day but didn’t find anything. They wouldn’t of course. A witch takes people when they’re alone, not in groups, and then she hides away with her catch, tucked in the shadows of secrets and the heartbeat of mountains. That’s where witches live.


Hamilton Perez is an aspiring stay-at-home chef, but is primarily known for his published fiction and editing work. He’s mastered a basic omelet, a passable stir fry, and has finally determined that 2 minutes and 22 seconds is the perfect time for microwaving popcorn. You can find more of his stories at, or follow him on Twitter @TheWritingHam.


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