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Rooster Stew in Midwestern Gothic #2

Tell me this isn’t a beautiful-looking mag:

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Naturally I hope you’ll flip to my story Rooster Stew first (right there on page 125, ahem) but I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t, on account of this line-up:

Midwestern Gothic

Add this to your summer reading list! Issue 2 of Midwestern Gothic is now available, and the stories and poems have only gotten better. Get a hardcopy to flesh out your bookshelf, or an eBook. Issue 2 features fiction and poetry by:

  • Jeffrey Alfier
  • Nina Badzin
  • Molly Brodak
  • Aaron Burch
  • Renee Cohn
  • Elizabeth J. Colen
  • Nancy Devine
  • Anne Earney
  • Noah Falck
  • Rachel Contreni Flynn
  • Casey Francis
  • Scott Garson
  • Deborah Garwood
  • Carter Goodwin
  • Aaron Hamburger
  • Andy Hobin
  • Emily Howorth
  • Kate Jenkins
  • Allen Kopp
  • Sean Lovelace
  • Emily Tamayo Maher
  • Court Merrigan
  • Jim Miller
  • Dan Moore
  • James O’Brien
  • Adam Peterson
  • Alexis Pope
  • Suzanne Scanlon
  • Ian Singleton
  • Keith Taylor
  • Robert Vaughan
  • Kelsey Yoder

Here’s a sample from Rooster Stew:

Delia’s job is to hoe in rows all down the slope, so water can get to the chokecherry and sandcherry and buffalo berry and grass, which have shed their blossoms in favor of foliage.  Last week they burned and cleared the ditch.  Yesterday they put in checks so the water can be channeled to the bushes and grass.  All spring long they have been hacking weeds, scattering grass seeds, planting new bushes and saplings to get ready for the water.  Today the water is here.


An acceptance – Midwestern Gothic

Normally the South has the market cornered on gothic, but the folks at Midwestern Gothic are working to change them.  Glad I could help out with my story “Rooster Stew.” 

Not sure when Rooster Stew will go live but rest assured I’ll keep you posted here.  Thanks to Robert and readers who read the piece and gave it the thumbs up.

This story originally formed a smallish chapter of a novel manuscript.  I edited it somewhat to make it a better stand-alone piece.  The storyline is fictional, of course, but elements in it are straight memory dumps from childhood, making this story as personal a piece as I have out there in the world.  It makes me not a little nervous, frankly, that this is so.

“Rooster Stew” was rejected 6 times before finding a home.