The Cavern of the Screaming Eye by Jeremiah Tolbert
Published: Lightspeed Magazine Oct 2016
Length: 9140 words
Description (From Quick SIps)
This story imagines a future fantasy world where young people can enter into d-space, a sort of dungeon-crawling game, only one where the stakes are life and death. The main character, Ivan, has recently lost his brother to the game, a brother who was a hero to many but a terror to Ivan. His home life a mess, Ivan is surprised when a new kid at his school offers friendship and, more than that, an opportunity to get involved in dungeon delving.