Glen was accustomed to being in Video Galaxy, stalking the place’s chapel-like quiet once a week or more, so whatever the unconscious allure of a universe full of movies, it must have been working on him. As he entered, the cashiers often nodded as if he were a member of a secret club, for whom escape from the irreducible facts of life was a form of addiction, like hashish or kleptomania. He had become a keen observer of the nuances of the store. A dusky woman with a tight green skirt drifted through the displays, alternately studying the titles and bobbing her head up in search of an errant boyfriend. There was a couple, who expressed with the language of their shifts and frowns, that agreeing on a picture was as complex as an equation that stretches the length of a chalk board. Then there was the new machine had appeared some time in the Spring over by the travelogues, which was supposed to help you find what you really wanted, as if this were ever possible. Sourcelight–Your Personal Advisor, the top of the console proclaimed, another feat of sales genius, somehow innocuous and godlike at the same time. But he had not yet even paused for its strange, muted invitation.
December 20, 2017
The editing and proofreading and thousand other things that go into putting a book together are thankfully finished and my story collection Home and Castle is at last coming out in early January. (see www.snakenationpress.org for the Editor’s statement and further details). Most of the stories in it were originally published in literary journals such (…read more)
THOMAS BENZ graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame. He recently won the 2017 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for a short story collection called “Home and Castle.” The book is to be published by Snake Nation Press in the fall. In the last several years, he has had fifteen stories (…read more)