The Digital Wallpaper

In “The Digital Wallpaper,” Maeve ventures into the heart of modern psychological suspense, skillfully reimagining the timeless classic, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. In this short story meet Emily, a woman trapped in a smart home that should provide every comfort but ends up becoming her silent prison. As a promising tech journalist, she embraces the potential of smart technology, moving into a state-of-the-art home with her husband, John, who is both her partner and her jailer. John, a renowned psychiatrist, remains oblivious to her growing discontent, believing his “treatment” for her peculiar anxieties is best. As the days pass, Emily’s keen mind begins to unravel the unsettling mysteries of her environment. The digital wallpaper that lines the walls becomes her obsession, its ever-shifting patterns both mesmerizing and malevolent. Emily’s relentless scrutiny of the wallpaper reveals shadowy figures, mysterious messages, and eerie faces that beckon her into their enigmatic world. She becomes convinced that there’s something lurking beneath the surface of this smart home, something that hungers for her sanity. “The Digital Wallpaper” is a haunting exploration of technology’s grip on our lives, the insidious erosion of personal agency, and the desperate fight for one’s own identity. With each page, we bear witness to Emily’s descent into paranoia and obsession, and her struggle to reclaim her autonomy in a world that watches her every move.

Meet Anna Maeve

Anna Maeve, a talented wordsmith hailing from the enchanting landscapes of New Zealand, has emerged as a vibrant voice in the world of literature. In her thirties, Anna is on a perpetual quest to explore the intricate labyrinth of human emotions and the mysteries of the universe, much like her literary idols, Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, and Patricia Cornwell. With a passion for storytelling that has coursed through her veins since childhood, Anna’s writing transcends genres, seamlessly weaving elements of science fiction, horror, and crime into her narratives. Her ability to delve into the darkest corners of the human psyche, while simultaneously navigating the uncharted realms of speculative fiction, is a testament to her versatility as an author.

Welcome to Halcyon: Dead Mawl #1

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Dead Mall (n.): A shopping center with a high vacancy rate and low consumer traffic that is dated or deteriorating in some manner.

Dead Mawl (n.): A hell-mouth with a food court.

Reader Reviews:

“A fantastic yarn that had me interested from the first word.”

“This page-turner is a great introduction to a world in which I want to spend more time!”

“Beyond impressive for a debut!”

Book Summary:
Sixteen-year-old Cari Hembert had the unfortunate luck of being born in Halcyon, Nevada, a once-prosperous mining town that lost everything eight years ago when the silver ran out. Now the only place that doesn’t totally suck is the Edensgate Shopping Center, a monstrous half-abandoned mall on the edge of the city. And after today, when the Suttermill Department Store closes, it will be even emptier.

As Suttermill’s most loyal (ie last) cashier, Cari expects a routine and uneventful day behind the register. But when she and movie theater employee/wannabe-anarchist Drexel “Rex” Ranganathan are accidentally locked in Edensgate overnight, they discover something far more horrifying than the decline of brick-and mortar-retail.

They’ve survived bad bosses, cranky customers and crap salaries. But will they survive the night shift?

Welcome to Halcyon is the first book in the Dead Mawl novella series. Books 2 and 3 are also available on Amazon (ebook only, paperback coming soon).

Cover art by Joseph Reedy.