Buried

Buried is a short story I wrote at the end of 2020. It was first published in March 2021 by CafeLitMagazine. The opening paragraphs are below, and you can visit the CafeLitMagazine website to read the full story. *** Some people have happy memories of school, forever wishing they could return to those carefree times. Not me. I hated school, especially sports. Each week I … Continue reading Buried

Where have I been?

I’ve been quiet lately, and haven’t read much since I wrote my review of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, back in January. I’m reading a few short story collections by Graham Mort, Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, Ray Bradbury, and John Steinbeck, so I’m not completely idle, but they are taking some getting through. My main reason for being quiet is a novella I’ve been editing. I … Continue reading Where have I been?

Close Read: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery is a short story by Shirely Jackson, first published in The New Yorker in 1948. It contains many classic folk horror tropes, and is an interesting story because of the way it fools the reader into thinking something else is happening, almost until the end. Warning: contains spoilers. The story opens just before the annual village lottery, for which the villagers assemble in … Continue reading Close Read: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson