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“Mad Inches” in Lockjaw Magazine and other stories set in snow

Stories set in snow are the my favorite: The Thing, A Simple Plan, Fargo, etc.. I’m certain this has something to do with growing up in Park City, Utah, and knowing the simultaneous comfort and claustrophobia that a snowstorm brings. I don’t know why it took me forever to write one of my own.

Lockjaw Magazine published “Mad Inches” in their third issue yesterday. It’s a long-read (10K words) but it’s definitely one of my favorite things I’ve written. For fans of bleakness.

I wrote it at the beginning of 2014, in an effort to create the most unlikeable characters ever. The end result was: rich, white snowboarder bros who succumb to Lovecraftian madness during a snowstorm. It’s very much based on going to high school in Park City and the type of people I’d party with.

Speaking of snow stories:

·  I recently read and was blown away by Kathy Fish’s “Snow”  in Fictionaut Magazine.

· Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen features a cold, barren landscape that benefits the narrative. Highly recommended.

· Of course there’s Stephen King’s The Shining, but I would also recommend Blaze (which he wrote under his Richard Bachman pseudonym), a pretty tight thriller.

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