ALTENMOOR, WHERE THE DOGS DANCE by Mort Castle
One day in spring, when the boy came home from school, he did not find Rusty in the backyard, on the screened-in porch, or anywhere downstairs in the house. He knew Rusty could not be up with Grandpa. Last winter, when the weather had gone so cold, Rusty’s back legs had gone cold, too, so cold he could no longer climb the stairs.
The boy's mother took him into the kitchen and tried to explain, though he hadn't asked her. "Rusty's gone, Marky."
He hated being called "Marky," but she was his mom, so what could he do? Dad called him "Mark," and sometimes "Son," and that was better but it still wasn't right.
DetailsABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mort Castle is a horror author and a writing teacher who has published over 500 short stories. Twice a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and the Black Quill award, Castle edited On Writing Horror, the primary reference work for dark fiction authors. He lives near Chicago with Jane, his wife of 40 years.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Heidi Unkefer is a designer and illustrator from Ohio currently living in Chicago and working as a graphics editor at The Onion. With styles ranging from minimalist type layout to abstract illustrations which showcase her obsession with detail, she is inspired by geometric shapes, nature and the juxtaposition of the two. She can be found online at www.heidiunkefer.com.