KA Teryna

K. A. Teryna is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and illustrator. A number of her stories have been published in Russian SF magazines Esli, Mir Fantastiki, and others since 2008. An English translation of her story “Madam Felide Elopes” appeared at Podcastle. She lives in Moscow. The original Russian version of “Black Hole Heart” (“Чёрная дыра вместо сердца”) won the Golden Roscon award for Best Short Story in 2016.


Marcus knows: underpasses lie in wait, stalking lonely pedestrians whose disappearance would not be noticed by the passers-by. And once an underpass captures its victim, it never lets go. At first one wouldn’t even notice that anything is wrong. They’d walk on and on, barely registering that the underpass seems longer than usual. Then they’d realize that there is no exit ahead. They’d turn around and see only darkness.

Black Hole Heart

You were thirty-five when you parked your pickup truck in front of that damned diner. A single poor decision that would make you hate yourself for the rest of your life. When you think back to that moment your joints hurt, your bones ache, your teeth bite into your tongue until you taste blood. In this town, even your body behaves in an unpredictable manner.