We're delighted to work with the very talented Desirina. Having so thoroughly enjoyed "The Great Dying of the Holocene," her short story for our anthology Tomorrow's Cthulhu, we knew we wanted to see more from her right away.
What's the novella about? A world where memory and family aren't taken for granted but may very well be dreams. Desirina shares on the themes that permeate Never Now Always, "Our memories and our stories are our selves. They’re also a kind of weapon: the tools our past gives us to navigate our future. When I think of what terrifies me, I think of losing my narrative. I think, without that weapon, how would I fight?
"My novella is about children trapped in a perpetual present. They don’t know how or why they came to be in this labyrinth. To their alien Caretakers, the children are nothing more than lab rats: keys to a mystery about memory far larger than they could understand. As they undergo their captors’ experiments, a few children begin to excavate fragments of their lost past. These stories might be the key to survival. Or they might just be another form of subterfuge.
"But through it all, one story remains, and it’s the oldest one there is—our desperate human need to be together. To find a family. To be safe and touched and loved.
"I began this novella with a question: what scares me the most? It was hard to write, in a good way. It’s raw for me; it’s what’s true. I’m so grateful for the support of Broken Eye Books in helping me tell it and in offering a platform for such a weird little book as this one."
Never Now Always will be released this winter. Cover and additional details forthcoming. You can pre-order the paperback and ebook now. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest information on this title.