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Kudzu House publishes “And Every Living Thing…”

My short story “And Every Living Thing After Its Kind” has made its published debut in the 2016 Winter Solstice Issue of Kudzu House Quarterly, a literary journal concerned with the human race and its place in the natural world.

Story excerpt:

In this land of looming cataclysm, a small enclave of academics had gathered to catalog one more speck in the staggering geological, anthropological, bio-botanical history of South America. Primary tests put the eruption which filled this valley, and stewed at least one Quichua village, between three and four hundred years ago. That range of time saw violent episodes from almost all the major peaks in the region, so any chance witness to Taquinarumi’s eruption would have seen it as a footnote. One more apocalyptic belch in the wind. How hysterical it would be if this tiny, isolated bowl of dry lava were to yield a discovery of historic moment on par with… well, maybe not Pompeii, but…

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Sanitarium Magazine publishes “Jonathan Apples”

I am honored to announce that my Gothic novella “Jonathan Apples” appears in Issue #39 of Sanitarium Magazine, a UK-based journal for Horror Fiction and Dark Verse. I began the story as a style exercise – a rough riff on Poe, if you will – but it soon grew well beyond the scope I anticipated.

Excerpt from “Jonathan Apples”:

Until the day I took Cecily for my wife, I never suspected that I might be a wicked man. I did love her. I know that I must have. Her sweetness, piety and affection, in short her very decency, ought to have inspired my reverent admiration. It was just so at the beginning, yet almost from the hour of our union before God, I felt my heart assailed by base and sardonic notions. Her guileless face reminded me, above all, of how blindly we give our trust to strangers, heedless of their capacity to harm and deceive us.

Read the full story in your brand-new copy of Sanitarium Issue 39 (December 2015).