“The Roommate” by Lisa Girolami from Night Shadows: Queer Horror (Bold Strokes Books 2012). Edited by Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann.

I saw through the convention used in this story pretty quickly, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of it. Even having one of the characters share my name (a phenomena I despise), didn’t detract from it. Perhaps that’s because she was called by a shortened version of it? I don’t know. I still really liked this story.

The unnamed protagonist has just started dating a woman named Nance, who is new to town. Things would be fine except for the fact that really bizarre things begin to happen whenever Nance is around. Doors slam and open on their own, and things fly off the shelves and hit her. The protagonist tries to think of rational explanations, but her co-workers have other ideas. They think her apartment is haunted. At their insistence she begins making tape recordings inside her apartment. Sure enough, she hears a voice in the static of the playback. What it says gives her clues to a larger mystery.