Story Sale!

Got a nice note yesterday from Ms. Sharon Dodge, editor of the e-zine Reflection’s Edge–they’ll be publishing my short story, “Rubes,” the tale of a broken-down traveling circus that encounters something very odd in a desolate patch of Kansas prairie. Publication date is yet to be determined, probably in a couple of months or so.

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10 thoughts on “Story Sale!

  1. Congrats! They’ve rejected three of my submissions in the past month, but I’m glad to see yours made it through their screening process. I look forward to reading “Rubes” — calls to mind the HBO series “Carnivale”, cancelled long before its time.

    1. Thanks, Milo. I only saw Carnivale a couple of times, but it looked pretty cool. I like circuses with a spooky edge to them, and Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes is one of my favorite stories. Rubes is a more lighthearted story, but there’s an eerie little mystery at the heart of it.

    1. Well, there is a witch, of sorts, and she does wear a hat. No scarecrows or tin men, but there’s a wheat field and an iron horse. No lions, two tigers. : )

    1. Thanks, Jeff. It’s something I doubt you’ll find in any of the history books, but I like to think it could have happened. The idea began with a drive down I-70 between Topeka and Manhattan, looking at the rolling hills on either side of the seemingly endless strip of highway and wondering what might lie beyond.

  2. Let’s see: a witch of sorts with a hat, 2 tigers and a wheat field, and an iron horse which has to be a train.

    Okay, the circus train (complete with tigers) breaks down or is stopped by the “witch” in the middle of a wheat field. Giddiness and or scary weirdness insues.

    Sounds great, so far!

    1. Ah…not quite, Sherry, but thanks for playing! As a consolation prize, here’s a free ticket to see the circus when it pulls into Reflection’s Edge. Small additional charge for cotton candy and elephant rides.

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