I'm continuing to post reprints of my fiction here on this blog. I'm considering making this a normal biweekly feature, between podcasting weeks. In any event, watch for the tag "fiction," as in http://jaylake.livejournal.com/tag/fiction
. The current installment in this series is a short story entitled "Of Stone Castles and Vainglorious Time."
At 2,300 words of length, this was originally sold to a 'zine which went under without publishing it. Due to the vagaries in my record keeping, it got stuck in the "sold" column for years, and so I failed to remarket it along the way.
So I suppose this is not a reprint, but an original appearance, technically eligible for award nominations, Year's Best reprints and whatnot.
It was finally printed in my 2007 collection from Wheatland Press, The River Knows Its Own [ Tangent Online Review | Wheatland Press ]
. If you like this story, please consider supporting Wheatland Press with a purchase. In any case, enjoy.
Of Stone Castles and Vainglorious Time
by Jay Lake
In the vainglory of her youth, she'd asked him for a castle as the price of her hand. Flush on railroad money and other more obscure profits from Reconstruction, Colonel Striker set men to work. Eloise Hammond took the rising towers as surety and they wed on Midsummer's Day, 1884 on a mountainside just outside Powder Springs, West Virginia, amid the wooden derricks and ramshackle scaffolds of her growing fancy.◊( Collapse )
© 2002, 2007, Joseph E. Lake Jr.
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