Ted Kosmatka set his sights early on being a writer. This mostly involved having all his writing rejected, pursuing a biology degree, dropping out before graduation, and becoming a steelworker like his father and grandfather. Then the mill went bankrupt. At one point, he worked in a zoo. Now he works in video games, and his latest novel, The Flicker Men, came out last summer.

Ted Kosmatka has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Blood Dauber

REPRINT FICTION by Ted Kosmatka and Michael Poore in Issue 113 – February 2016

The animals hate you. You get used to that, working at a zoo. Over time, it becomes a thing you can respect. Bell trudged up the path, pushing the wheelbarrow before him, already sweating under his brown khaki uniform. He squinted in the bright sunlight, eyeing the exhibits as he ascended the hill: the goats […]