“Rail Work”

“You ended up back here at the train station after you burned your mom’s house to the ground. You sit down on a bench under the eaves, and the dark clouds that followed you back drop a curtain of rain between the platform and the tracks. The vanishing point of the rails isn’t far off in either direction. The world isn’t shrinking; it has imploded.”

House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature, Volume 1 House of Zolo
01 January 2020

Nominated: Pushcart Prize

You return home, leaving everything, including your future, behind.

I’m excited to share the news that my first published science fiction short story is now available in the very first volume of the House of Zolo’s Journal of Speculative Literature!

I wrote the first draft of “Rail Work” way back in the summer of 2015 in response to a contest prompt. Over the years, I further developed and expanded the story into what I hope readers find is an emotional journey about being left behind.

This first volume of the HOZ’s Journal of Speculative Literature is packed with both speculative fiction and poetry, and there is already a second volume in the works. Digital copies are available for purchase now and the printed book will be available on January 7, 2020.