Main Fiction: "The Fire Eggs" by Darrell Schweitzer.
This story was first published in Interzone #153, March 2000.
Darrell Schweitzer is not a famous British author although this and several other of his stories appeared in the British magazine Interzone when it was edited by David Pringle. He has also appeared regularly in Postscripts and the subsequent Postscripts anthologies (also UK) and the same firm (PS Publishing) has published three anthologies edited by him, a novella, Living with the Dead (a Shirley Jackson Award finalist, 2008) and recently a 40+ year retrospective of Schweitzer’s work in two volumes, The Mysteries of the Faceless King and The Last Heretic (2020). He has been publishing fiction professionally since the 1970s and some of his American credits include Amazing Stories, Fantastic, Galaxy, and Twilight Zone Magazine. He confesses to being more frequently a fantasist or a spook-monger than an actual science fiction writer, and has had stories in all six of S.T. Joshi’s Black Wings anthologies. A volume of his explicitly Lovecraftian stories appeared from Fedogan & Bremer in 2015. He has also published four novels, The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, The Mask of the Sorcerer, and The Dragon House. He is a four-time World Fantasy Award finalist and won it once (with George Scithers) as co-editor of Weird Tales, a position he held for almost twenty years, between 1987 and 2007.
Narrated by TF Ahmad.
TF Ahmad is a writer and narrator from Chicago. His fiction has been published in Dark Futures and SOILED Magazine. His nonfiction has been published in the Chicago Monitor and Architizer.com. He's narrated stories on Tales to Terrify & he podcasts his own fiction on The Night Bulletin podcast, which you can find on your favorite podcast app. He can be hired for voiceover work at fiverr.com/tf_ahmad.