This little story makes me shudder. It is unbelievable and yet…oh but it could happen! Despite the story’s simple language there is a real sense of menace. You know those articles you read in the paper about children being abused and you can’t believe adults can be so stupid, or mean or self-centered? You can meet those adults here.
Tin House produce a beautiful print magazine with a young experimental vibe. Well worth subscribing. Their accompanying blog Open Bar is but a taster with regular flashes of short fiction. I read a stack of them at once a few days ago, and this story by Jared Hohl just kept nagging me so I knew I needed to share it.