Stories

The Face of the Deep

Plunged into grief by the loss of his wife, James tends a small plot of land in a rural farming community while struggling to make sense of his life in the wake of his wife’s death. A series of strange occurrences sets his world into mystery as he works through memories of his wife, their relationship, and his own sense of failure. Run through with threads of suspense, magical realism, and the supernatural, “The Face of the Deep” provides readers with a tale of grief and the hauntings of a mysterious, unknown world.

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It was originally published in three installments on this site’s blog in Summer 2020:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three


“An Expected Chill”

Originally published in the Winter 2017 issue of Into the Ruins, this story set in a near-future Portland, Oregon ratchets up the tension as the main character, Linsey, struggles with a strained relationship and a city in upheaval, gripped by stirrings of civil violence and social unrest. Featuring speculation about how economic dysfunction and reduced energy availability might alter the social and economic landscape of a major West Coast city, I tapped into aspects of the current housing affordability crisis and tensions from the 2016 election to imagine a familiar but remade Portland. My favorite part of this story is the remaking of the Eastmoreland Golf Course into a shared farming enterprise. (It would give me no end of pleasure to see that prediction come to life some day!)

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