Das Steingeschöpf

I’d not long been made journeyman when the Schöpfers’ Guild gave me my first commission in 1928. Frau Leitner from Bavaria had written to request a small restoration—I took the southbound train from Berlin, made two changes, and disembarked at the end of the line in a small town tucked between the pleats of the mountains.

First published in Strange Horizons — December 2016

World Fantasy Award 2017 winner

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Reprints:
Event Horizon: The John W. Campbell 2017 Anthology — March 2017
Wilde Stories 2017 — July 2017