“The Paradise Aperture” is a contemporary fantasy about a uniquely talented photographer searching for his missing wife behind the photos he captures across the world.

In 2012, it received the Writers of the Future Golden Pen, an internationally-acclaimed award won previously by such writers as David Farland, Patrick Rothfuss, and Nnedi Okorafor.

I eyed the door with distrust. The shocking blue was brighter than I usually photographed, but maybe that was where I’d been going wrong. Marie had always loved vibrant colors. If she was behind any door, it would be one like this.

“The Paradise Aperture” was originally published in the Writers of the Future Anthology, Vol. 28, but has also been “reprinted” in audio form on the Hugo award-winning podcast StarShipSofa, No.235.