Wallie, my Friend, and I are delighted to announce the publication of one of our very own short stories. And from the perspective of dotty hopefuls, with all the clarity we can manage for being too excited to talk, let alone write with good manners, we wish to share our joy with you via the following shameless promotion.
Our short story, “The Changeling,” was published in this month’s issue of The Bards and Sages Quarterly. We owe the idea for the story entirely to at least three different persons and places: Lewis Carroll, Sleepy Hollow, and Carrie Underwood’s “All-American Girl.”
That being said, the story is set in 19th-century America and features the misadventures of one young husband and new father, Victor du Quince. His is the time-honored malady. Not only has he given up believing in fairies for the common sense of academe (a poor choice), he is also terrified of his peculiar baby son, Emile. Can a backyard full of the “little folk,” and little Emile himself, reconcile him both to the truth of his imagination and the magic of fatherhood?
If you don’t buy it for the story, buy it for the cover. Isn’t it a nice cover?