"The Other Half" by John Biguenet, illustrated by Tona Wilson

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"The Other Half" by John Biguenet, illustrated by Tona Wilson

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When Ron Hackett heard the Imperial Hotel was offering reduced rates due to renovations, he saw a unique opportunity to sample a taste of the good life. But things at the Imperial would not go as he expected. A disturbing presence was infiltrating the hotel’s elegant veneer and nobody wanted to talk about it.

"Only after Hackett had dressed for his day of sightseeing did he remember that he’d left his shoes in the hall the night before to be polished. Smiling, he imagined them neatly bundled and hanging from the knob on the other side of his door, no doubt with an attached note expressing the hotel’s pleasure in providing this old-fashioned courtesy to its guests.

But then something occurred to him. Why hadn’t the waiter who had delivered his breakfast and morning paper bothered to bring in the pair of polished shoes as well?

Even as he swung open the door, Hackett knew they would not be there, awaiting him in the hall. He stepped sock- footed from his room to see whether shoes had been left for any other guest; nothing but the day’s newspaper and trays of half- finished meals littered the corridor."

“The Other Half” first appeared in our Medieval issue. The chapbook edition features drawings by Tona Wilson. Her illustrations, mostly of hands, convey Hackett feeling his way through a series of mysterious trials that seem to reach out specifically for him. Each chapbook is individually numbered and rubber stamped with our secret Spolia sigil.

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