My short story “Five Fights” is up at Across the Margin today. You can read it Here.
This story is one of the few (maybe the only one) I’ve written from a writing prompt provided by another person. Mostly I write about shady deals with girls and the sublime terror of creation, and I do it on my own, because I have lots of materiel about the terror of creation and I can imagine lots about shady deals with girls even if I actually only know two or three in real-life because I’m originally from a tiny hamlet and am otherwise mostly a shut-in. However, in this case my youngest – who fancies himself a bit of a combo Clive Barker/Jim Thompson, (only gorier, much, much gorier,) – wanted me to write him a story about “a guy in high school who gets paid to collect drug debts.”
Spoiler: This story is in no way about a “a guy in high school who gets paid to collect drug debts.”
Anyways, I hope you enjoy the story. I’m off to take the kid to therapy and then, if therapy proves insufficient, the evangelicals have a revival tent at the county fair we’ll visit.