Some day the teenagers in this cheery story are coming back in a novel or a series of linked stories. Until then, here they are in all their discontent. Fiddleblack has published some terrifying stuff (Clive Barker included). This story isn’t really horror, unless bored teens prone to violence and home foreclosures in California scare you (they do me). And skateboarding. There’s skateboarding in this one.


“Uncle Dixon”

Just the title of the online literary journal Story/Houston refers to two of my favorite things: stories and Houston. I am so grateful “Uncle Dixon” is in their archives. It couldn’t have landed in a better place. Thanks, always, to the editors there and to my fellow attendees at Oxford American magazine’s writers summit in the summer of 2011 who were the first audience for an earlier draft.



I don’t write speculative fiction very often, but Clarkesworld was kind enough to take this odd little story a few years ago. I grew up reading Ray Bradbury, so I’m always humbled by writers who can do fantasy or science fiction or just plain weird really well. Clarkesworld has been a consistently good site for those writers and I’m proud to be listed among writers far more accomplished than I’ll ever be.