>Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast
by Eugie Foster
Originally published in Interzone, February 2009
Reprinted in Apex, August 2009
Winner, 2009 Nebula Awards, Best Novellette
Fantasy, science fiction, fairy tale, or horror? No matter. “Sinner, Baker …” invokes multiple genres as its protagonist navigates a world where every morning begins life anew and nothing is real. Each new face brings a new reality, none lasting to the next day. Foster brilliantly peels back mask after mask, revealing truth one layer at a time, until both protagonist and reader are stripped bare. Has the protagonist found a true calling, or simply a mind shattered like the masks left behind?