Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Opium Eater

I'm really happy to report that my short story, The Opium Eater, has been accepted by Grim Corps Magazine, and should appear in Issue 2 later this year.

I wrote The Opium Eater in 2008, shortly after completing Trajectory. I picked up a small volume of De Quincy's essays from my bookshelf that I had purchased from a used bookstore in Toronto sometime around 1970. I read a good portion of his essay The Spanish Military Nun and then wrote the story.

I wanted to work in some historical family details as well. As an example, my great-grandmother, Agnes Blizard, founder of the YWCA in Canada, makes a brief appearance.

It's a dark, twisted tale with elements of horror and ghost stories in it.

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