West Pigeon Press to publish “724”

Last summer, I was eating a snack with my 5-year-old, and he asked me if he would always be a little boy. I told him ‘no’ and then he asked if he would always be a grown-up when he grows up. I wanted to answer ‘sometimes’ because frankly, I’m not always a grown-up, even though I’m getting gray hair, so I gave him the simple answer, but the conversation grew into a short story about the aging process called “724.”

West Pigeon Press, which published J.R. Hamantaschen’s You Shall Never Know Security in 2011, has picked up “724” to appear in a yet-untitled dark fiction anthology tentatively scheduled for release this spring. I’m as eager to see my own story in print as I am to read the other stories that have been accepted. According to their editorial statement, they’re collecting work reminiscent of Clive Barker, T.E.D. Klein, Harlan Ellison, Dennis Etchison, Theodore Sturgeon, and Richard Matheson.

According to my acceptance letter, the anthology will be available in print and ebook formats in May or June. I’ll keep you posted as we approach that time of year, which isn’t that far off, despite the two or three inches of snow screaming otherwise on my lawn.

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