Short Story #4. This Villain You Must Create by Carlie St. George
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine Issue: July 2013
How I Found It:
I followed a link from this post on SF Signal.
Granite loses his archnemesis and finds that other villains lack panache. When a similarly bereaved supervillain visits his support group, he takes her up on her unnatural offer. St. George's diction is deceptively simple and this literary-infused SF short tale serves up quite a Jamesian twist.
"'Fire and Ice' is an uninspired poem, cited primarily in self-indulgent fanfiction."
"'Nothing Gold Can Stay' is my favorite and yes, I've written Outsiders fanfiction. Ha!"