The spring 2013 edition of Allegory ezine, the tri-annual online magazine
of SF, fantasy & horror. The cover is borrowed from the summer 2012
issue, which I am using until the correct cover turns up.
"The Kingdom of Grey" was inspired by a visit my parents made to
an isolated valley in England's West Country where everything seemed a little off.
Abandoned houses built so close to the river that the foundations were all
but washed away; thickets of man-high vegetation dense enough to be impenetrable; an
all-pervading air of menace. Even the weather was different: overcast and dull down in
the valley, bright and sunny everywhere else.