Check out this awesome cover of Bards & Sages Quarterly, July 2012 issue. What’s even better are the stories inside from authors Milo James Fowler, Stephen McQuiggan, Tim McDaniel, myself with “The Poison of Its Filamentous Lariats,” and many more.
My story is about Rhyan Gray, a botany biologist, whose presence is requested in the small town of Zig Zag, Oregon, to investigate a potential mold that seems to be causing hallucinations, delirium, and even fatalities in the people who live near the Gulley. Here’s an excerpt:
Wilkins crossed his arms and craned his head again. “Does this really sound like a mold to you, Professor Gray?”
She found his tone accusatory, perhaps prompting her to yield answers that had distinct solutions, regardless if they comprised even a portion of the truth. “Possibly,” she decidedly replied. “Maybe a species of hallucinogenic mushrooms, those containing psilocybin and psilocin.”
The mayor bent a frown to Detective Manning. “But some people are disappearing. This is much more than a few poisonous mushrooms.”
“That may be an unrelated explanation,” Ryhan said.
“Are you implying that we have a murderer in ZigZag?” Detective Manning faced her with an expression not unlike that of the Peregrine falcon above her head.
“I’m only pointing out the possible complexities of this case.
He ambled over to the roll-top desk, having decided on some whiskey after all. He took a drink and smacked his lips when he finished. His eyes bore down on Ryhan’s, predatory like. “Why don’t you just focus on the mold investigation, Professor, and leave the rest to me.”
“I had already planned on that, Detective.”
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Though I’m excited to have this story accepted and published with Bards & Sages Quarterly, I am somewhat disappointed to find that some grammar and sentence structure was changed without my knowing. One resulted in a minor grammatical error and other changes involved formats that I had included for subtle reading pauses. I realize this is part of publishing, that editors tailor stories to suit their preferences, but at the same time, I’m counting on my story to look the same in print as it does in the galley.
Cheers to all my TOC comrades!