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“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”

Flannery O’Connor

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 5

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 5

***Read Part 1 ***Read Part 2 ***Read Part 3 ***Read Part 4   Part 5: Bounty The steamboat adjusted coarse and moved through the waves towards the torches. I could feel the boat strain under the weight of the attached leviathan. The creature seemed to have...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 4

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 4

***Read Part 1 ***Read Part 2 ***Read Part 3   Part 4: A Dark Blip When we reemerged from the barn, a man in an unkempt gray beard greeted us. He wore an old sailor’s cap and had a dark blue raincoat that was flailing violently. I looked up to the dark gray sky...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 3

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 3

***Read Part 1 ***Read Part 2   Part 3: Sassafras Fritz spoke not. Conrad rushed to the front, much more hurriedly than I had previously seen him. “Greetings officer,” Conrad said, tipping his hat. “The name’s James Connolly, Reverend James Connolly.” “I...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 2

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 2

***Read Part 1 Part 2: Demon of the Deep “Why, on the contrary, you’re just in time,” said Conrad, tipping his hat. He clearly recognized Spellman’s dominant aura. “I was just informing these fine gents here about the opportunity of a lifetime.” “No. I’m afraid not,”...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 1

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 1

Part 1: Conundrum I am certain that I will come to regret divulging my real name to you, given the sheer embarrassment of being associated with such a spectacle as the freak show that I am about to expose. This would be the same freak show, mind you, that nearly sent...
No Guarantees

No Guarantees

**TW: mentions of violence against LGBTQ people and people of color**   Rodney held the papers up to his face next to the bulb dangling above the kitchen table to read the fine points of terminating parental rights and responsibilities. In the murky glow, his...