The office was as quiet as outer space when Ned got there at 5 am, the darkness so complete he could scarcely imagine the arrival of day. For a minute, he stood at the window and peered out over the cluster of adjacent buildings, but as usual all he saw was the strange vacancy that seemed to coincide with the hour. He activated his laptop, its screen protector appearing with the company’s logo, an astrological sun. It beamed with a look that was inviting yet also remote, as if it was privy to some knowledge no one else had. Ned couldn’t say why but the image never failed to conjure certain impressions of Ariel, his vanished girlfriend, whose memory still clung to him like an inexpressible mood.
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)