Gary A. Braunbeck
Michael Scott Bricker
Caitlín R. Kiernan
Richard Christian Matheson
Donna J. W. Munro
Stephanie Pendley Paul
Stephen Mark Rainey
Lucy A. Snyder
For your consideration, here is a little teaser from “Escalation”:
The elevator doors slid open, revealing paneled walls the same dark color as the guestroom doors. Greg stepped in. After hesitating a moment, Hager followed.
Inside, there were only two buttons — one for up and one for down. None for individual floors.
The doors slid shut. The car did not move.
Hager glanced up, saw no floor indicator above the door. He pushed the up button. With a smooth whir, the car slid into motion, and Hager felt his stomach lurch. They were going up, all right. And fast.
“How many floors are in this hotel?”
“I’m not sure. Twenty, maybe.”
“Jesus. We're really moving.”
The car kept going, and Hager felt his knees going wobbly. "How the hell high can this thing go?”
“We can't be moving as fast as it feels.”
“But we are. We are.”
“This is fucked up.”
The car kept going.