The Wages of Salt
by Deborah Kalin
New Persia is a city surrounded by salt pans and beset by theriomorphs. And Alessa Kinshin, an archaeological anthropologist at the University of New Persia, is determined to learn why the creatures first haunt and then abandon the salt.
"Stories of children lost to the theriomorphs were like the ammonite fossils: everyone had their own."