Navigating the Winslow school gala at the Rhythm Club where they knew almost no one, Logan and Reese tried to seem casual but amid the swirl of recessed lights and clamor of voices, they felt they were entering the portal of a secret society. At the top of the steps, they glanced around as if looking for snipers, and maneuvered their way to an empty spot. The room looked like an odd place for a fundraiser, a piano bar situated next to the multiplex with its movie posters and velvet ropes. The space was a bit cramped, narrowly vertical like most saloons. This worked in the organizers’ favor, making the turnout look twice what it really was, and the roaring twenties cabaret them was a perfect fit. A jazz combo played a muted number designed not to draw too much attention. There were cigarette girls in confetti dresses that swished nicely when they walked, their fake packs of Chesterfields filled with chalky peppermint, a guy in a long tailed tux, and a prominent spinning wheel, its colors fanning like a peacock, for one of the raffles.
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)