Saturday, August 1, 2009

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

My first short fiction sale (like, ever) was to Big Pulp ("A Fresh Coat of Paint" a tongue-in-cheek YA fantasy). It seems I've returned to my "roots" with "Tunnel Vision", now available to read for free online.

It's brief...so the pain won't last long.



11 comments:

katey said...

Oh man, that one was painful, but in a good way. Your ability to ratchet up tension with details is stellar, Aaron. A playground shouldn't be that scary, and it really, really was. Freaky, in a way that hits at real emotion rather than just thoughtless terror. Well done.

Jameson T. Caine said...

That was very creepy in a Twilight Zone-ish way. I never thought of a McDonald's playground as creepy - terrifying, yes, with all those kids on the loose - but unnerving? That was a first. Great job.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks! I live to be creepy. McDonald's and I go way back. Pre-tunnels back.

abrokenlaptop said...

My kids frequently get trapped in the playland tunnels, and I have to rabbit my way up there to save them. Now I'll be much more aware! ;)

K.C. Shaw said...

Man, that was creepy! All your stories are creepy, but that one took the cake. I'll never think about McDonald's playgrounds the same way. :)

I really like Big Pulp. They published one of my earliest stories too, back when they first started up.

Catherine J Gardner said...

*Shudder* I echo what everyone else said.

Alan W. Davidson said...

Great job, Aaron. As the others noted, the usually safe playground as the source of horror is an excellent touch. McD's was safer when I was a kid as there were no playgrounds...guess my age is showing.

Danielle Ferries said...

Excellent job, ditto what everyone else has said.

Jodi Lee said...

As a mom-that scared the hell out of me. I hated those tunnel structure/ball-pits when my brothers were younger, and I refused to let my kids in em.

See? That's why. x-P

Natalie L. Sin said...

Terrifying! Definitely one of your best : )

Jamie Eyberg said...

I knew there was something funny going on at the golden arches. I think it makes me age every time we go there. Good story.