IMG_0419I’m in a great mood this week because I’ve just received my contributor copies of Anamesa and they look simply amazing! Anamesa is an interdisciplinary literary journal produced at New York University and the Fall 2012 issue includes my short story Dirty Little Freaks. This is very much a personal high point.

I loved writing Dirty Little Freaks because it contains so many subtle levels of complexity and I’m very happy that it found a home with Anamesa. When I was writing the story I tried a little technical experimentation with a plot that’s framed and an inner story story told in reverse, starting at the chronological end and finishing at the beginning. This is also a literary story, though it does play a few tricks with the reader suggesting that it might include a fantastic element (and in my mind, it still does . . .). However, perhaps the most important aspect of this story is the theme: that of social inclusion — or exclusion — and every time I think about the characters I find myself humming Raise Your Glass by P!nk.

Finally, for those few people who may have heard or read early drafts, yes this this is the story that features Spider the boy and the elephant!

Now I’m afraid you’ll have to wait a little longer if you want to see a copy. The good news is that previous issues of Anamesa are available to download for free and I’m hoping that this issue will follow suit. When it does, I’ll let you know. Now crank up your volume . . .

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