Finally, after weeks of having no inspiration or enthusiasm for Screaming With Brevity, I have discovered a brilliant new writer who is most definitely shareworthy.
A friend of mine recently suggested I check out Cease, Cows Literary Magazine. I’ve been reading stories over there for a month or so now and haven’t been disappointed yet. Especially not this morning when I read Rebecca Jones-Howe‘s The Paper Bag Princess. This story is an uncomfortable look at the insecurity of wanting to be someone else. It’s sexually dark, without even a hint of gratuity. It makes a point. And all of this is achieved with such insightful humour that the reader can not help but to cringe and laugh out loud at this self-aware satire.
As for the author, I love stumbling upon those who understand “the struggle” in the way that I do. Working dead-end jobs to focus on our writing, putting everything we have into it and hoping (mostly waiting) for the all-too-fleeting recognition that we crave. Rebecca is one step closer as she’s just signed a contract with Dark House Press who will be publishing her first collection of short stories in 2015. Congratulations, Rebecca! I’m looking forward to adding Vile Men to my reading list next year.
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