Paula's husband Kent has been shot while he was on the roof putting up Christmas lights. Some details unwind as suspense builds; Paula and Dora and two young boys are stuck out in the middle of nowhere in a blizzard. And, the power goes out. A mysterious man appears at the door and the women seem to think it becomes clear that Kent and Paula's son, Christopher, are possibly involved in drug dealing. The story reminds me of how our imaginations can go wild and petrify us.
"Something is Out There" was first published in Murdaland, a crime fiction journal.