Vaya Psepftaki’s Sinkholes is published in The Colored Lens Magazine, issue: Autumn 2017
It is a novelette about lost love, uncovering a coup, questioning gender identity, xenophobia, and people throwing themselves in holes only to be replaced by peculiar creatures.
Wait, what? Yeap, when human beings lay their eyes on one of these gates they will immediately jump inside and when they do multiple creatures are spawned taking their place.
Lord of Dead Ends and Sponge the Bright are two of these spawns. They work in the building guarding the last hole. Until they see the spawns’ mob leader using the hole for her own secret plan. That’s when they are invited by their old friends and lovers Ally and Lucy the lamp to join their forces and protect the city’s future. However, their shared past wakes up Ally’s oppressed feelings and questions about her lover who threw himself in the hole and in consequence the aforementioned creatures be spitted out in her world.
It’s not an easy task for Vaya Pseftaki to handle the complicated relationship of two lovers when the first one wishes the second to change; gender identity being one their main issue . But wishes can go wrong, specially when you wish over hole number six. So what will happen when a grieving person meets the creatures that use to be the person that they loved? Questions such us these combined with the author’s writing, as well as, the story’s suspense made me enjoy it until the end. The unseparated duo, and specially the lord of dead ends (what a cool name) sparked my interest from the beginning. Only thing missing was the backstory of the arch-villain, but overall I was satisfied by the main characters’ growth while the strange, almost surreal, creatures were another plus in the world building and imagination.