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"Lovely Weather for Long Brooke" is a tale I wrote during my time at Ball State University and later published with Full of Crow Quarterly in 2010.
I've touched on this idea before, but it's still worth noting that it's difficult for me to go back in time and read stories I wrote in my early 20s.
However, like a select few I intend on sharing here, "Lovely Weather for Long Brooke" is an older story that I don't mind, and quite honestly, enjoy at points.
I suspect this piece of short fiction should still stand up today, but you guys are the judges, really. At the very least, I hope you're entertained by the following tale.
Winter '22 Featured Story 2/3
Day & Night
Originally published by Fashion for Collapse, 2010.
For a while I think I’ll never wake. Every night, for as long as I can remember since Jen was taken away, I’ve ended up in the same town square. I’m never sure where exactly, but I know it might be somewhere in Lovington, the second-most crime-ridden town of Chase County. No lie there. They have less crime than Raven’s Crook, Chase County, but in my night terrors, it’s all the same. Something always lurks behind me, an ominous presence breathing down my neck.
If it's not obvious by now, when I was a wee-writer, I had a thing for Edgar Allan Poe. By thing, I mean I really enjoyed his writing. This is where Raven's Crook comes from, and while the title of the town is a bit cheesy, I already had too many stories centered around the town to change the name.
However, my fictional towns aren't the only place Poe references occur. In fact, a few years back, I was challenged to imitate
“When Dean Young Speaks of Wine” by Tony Hoagland.
As I was cleaning out my files again, I thought this might be a piece worth sharing in this good ol' blog. Enjoy!
When it comes to horror, there are two types of "good." To spare you a tirade, good horror makes you scared. The other version is horror that is so bad it's entertaining in its own comical right. To me, almost all festive horror stories fall into the latter category.
However, that didn't stop me from scribbling down this gem one winter around 10 years ago. Don't expect award-winning stuff here. I just hope you'll enjoy the ride, or at least part of it.