Welcome everyone, I’m The Li-Bury-An, and today in the Libury, we have a spotlight on KC Grifant
KC Grifant is a name you’ve undoubtedly heard many times in the writing world. She has written Science Fiction, Horror and Western stories for many publications, as well as for collectible card games. KC was set to appear in Graveyard Smash, Volume 2 of our Women of Horror Anthology, but due to a tragic Gmail accident (the body of the email was never recovered) we lost contact before it could happen. I can’t tell you how overjoyed I was when she submitted a new story to Volume 3. And what a story it is! Madeline is proud of her new high-tech prosthetic arm, but when it begins to act out her unconscious thoughts, she realizes something is terribly wrong. The story feeds our fear of Artificial Intelligence beginning to act of its own free will– or is it? Perhaps it is simply acting out our own unconscious desires..
“The best part about her arm was the jealous looks she received, Madeline thought to herself as the awning of the sushi restaurant came into view.From “Minor Malfunction” by KC Grifant
Before entering the restaurant, she paused to admire her new model, freshly implanted that morning. When the technician had unveiled the polished cherry red arm in the outpatient room, Madeline lost her breath. She couldn’t recall ever seeing anything more beautiful, with black accents swirling along the muscular limbs like abstract calligraphy strokes ending in dark grooves along the tapered fingers. So much more interesting than her old purple piece.”
Today, KC Grifant talks about how she came up with her story “Minor Malfunction” for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY : Women of Horror Anthology Volume 3. Out now from Kandisha Press!
“In ‘Minor Malfunction,’ a twenty-something Manhattanite is thrilled to get a new designer prosthetic arm in a world where a portion if her generation is born without limbs, kickstarting a revolution in luxurious and coveted prosthetic wear. But as she tries to cope with a messy breakup, her new arm may be too attuned to what she really wants.
The idea for ‘Minor Malfunction’ came about ages ago when I was a science reporter covering cutting-edge breakthroughs in biomedicine, including brain-machine interfaces and prosthetics. Seeing what was possible and what labs were working on prompted me to think about what the near future might look like.
Aside from the incredible power and danger of technologies, ‘Minor Malfunction’ is about what happens when technology begins to know us better than we know ourselves and strives to watch out for us. It explores the perpetual societal fear of how technology can be our ultimate protector, savior and crutch… but with a cost.”
KC Grifant is a New England-to-SoCal transplant who writes internationally published horror, fantasy, science fiction and weird western stories for collectible card games, podcasts, anthologies and magazines. Her writings have appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Aurealis Magazine, Unnerving Magazine, Frozen Wavelets, Tales to Terrify and Colp Magazine. Her short stories have haunted dozens of collections, including We Shall Be Monsters; Shadowy Natures: Tales of Psychological Horror; Beyond the Infinite: Tales from the Outer Reaches; Six Guns Straight From Hell Volume 3; and the Stoker-nominated Fright Mare: Women Write Horror.
She is the co-founder of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) San Diego chapter, an organization that helps to connect writers and fans of horror literature. Outside of creative writing, she is an award-winning science writer, editor and communications professional who has written hundreds of nonfiction scientific articles and features. In her spare time, she consumes too much coffee and chases a wild toddler.