Social media reflects society.
Are you not terrified?
Satirical and horrific, Influence is a collection of stories exposing modern society. AI-powered exorcisms, Wellness fads, Covid Cabin Fever, and our need to be adored.
The Sky is Full of Snakewolves
It started where it always starts, in Florida. The headlines told a terrible story: “Florida Man Clawed to Bits in Walmart Parking Lot.” The respectable papers didn’t include the details, but they were easy to find on the internet.
Get Me Out of This Shimmering Oasis
“A devastating critique of the Instagram culture we live in, with a little bit of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest thrown in! Seriously impressive epistolary prose.” – Joseph Sale, The Claw of Craving
The Shoebox Challenge
It happened because in-line skating made its first appearance in the Olympics that year. That’s what the old folks said. The ones that blamed every school shooting on the musician whose black clothes and lyrics they didn’t like. The mark of the beast people. Truth is, it didn’t matter what inspired kids to slip their feet into empty shoe boxes and skate down the streets. It was likely the same thing that inspired them to eat Tide PODS and make themselves faint and dance the Macarena.
Xorcize.Me – Novelette
She told me that if I really loved her, I’d call up the entire advisory board for an emergency gang bang. That’s when I knew she needed an exorcism.
The People Around You
“Guys, listen to this,” I say. “You can’t change the people around you. But you can change the people around you.”
“Did I just blow your mind?”
Karen - Novella
“We all know one, some of us are one, we know the hairstyle, the entitlement, the constant need to call the manager over to help bully, but we haven't met the queen! Until now.” - Rayne Havok, author of Mukbang Princess
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Praise for Leitner
"Lucy Leitner is the go-to voice in satirical, thought-provoking horror fiction."
“Almost in the vein of George Romero or Douglas Adams, Leitner has a voice for delivering deeply compassionate character moments that mesh with the satirical—almost bordering on parody—elements of the story.”
Michael Benavidez, author of When Angels Fail
“Lucy Leitner is proving herself to be an exceptional experimental storyteller.”