CLASH presents “Bad Dreams on the Far Ledge”

For a little while now, CLASH has been one of my daily internet haunts, ridden as it is with interesting and talented writers — and now I am among them, lucky enough to have had a piece of flash fiction I wrote chosen for inclusion on the site during the run-up to Halloween. Thanks to Leza Cantoral and the CLASH team. Go check out the site. Right now, for serious.

Her smile was sharp and immediate; her eyes were twin voids.

via Bad Dreams on the Far Ledge by Manuel Chavarria — CLASH

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Tragedy Queens

About five months ago or so, I received a notification that Leza Cantoral—an engaging fellow writer I’d met in passing at 2016’s AWP show—was editing an anthology called Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath for Clash Books. While I am familiar with the work of both artists, I am not what you might call a super-fan; however, submitting a story under those parameters seemed like an interesting challenge. Additionally, an earworm of a song called “Dayglo Reflection”—featured on Bobby Womack’s 2012 release Bravest Man in the Universe, but co-written by Del Rey, who handles most of the vocals—had worked its way into my brain, and it had been percolating there, waiting to spring into inspirational action. I worked hard on my story, sent it along, and went back about my business.

Well, my hard work bore fruit: my story was selected for publication in the anthology. I’m proud of it, and excited, and honored, and I hope those of you out there who are privy to this online whisper will seek out the book and give it a look. In addition to my own scribblings, it will feature a formidable collection of oddball authors who deserve your attention. Release date is TBD, but as I am helpless before the promise of a good plug, you can be sure that I’ll post that info here when I have it.

Thank you all for reading. Without you, I’d just be telling stories to myself in the dark.