Thursday, October 8, 2009

Sometimes, I'm Not So Scary

Thanks to Jameson T. Caine for the AlienSkin reminder; I'd forgotten my story, "Melons" was up this month. It features a recurring character of mine, Pete Archer, a hobo/magician of sorts who first appeared in "Catalog Sales" from Necrotic Tissue #4 (download for free). Pete shows up again in next year's edition of Champagne Shivers ("Lullaby, Little Monster"). What a rascal.

Anyway, "Melons" was inspired by a Japanese folktale. I love Japanese stories, full of magic and mystery and demons. Yum.



It isn't scary, not really, but magically-real to be sure. Read Jameson's "The Sea Hath No King" while you're there, and then lock your doors...especially if you are near a beach.

Tomorrow, I spin one of my wife's dreams into a tennis match gone wrong.

11 comments:

Jamie Eyberg said...

I like hobo's. Quaint, curious folk. Thanks for sharing that little bit of magic.

Cate Gardner said...

You are Jameson are following each other around lately. :D

Cate Gardner said...

Ha, hobo magic goodness. I'm thirsty for a slice of melon now.

Aaron Polson said...

Jamie - Hobos have a bit of gypsy mystique about them.

Cate - I'm a big fan of fresh melon. When I worked as a grocery stock-boy in high school, local growers would bring truckloads of various melons and we would eat them fresh. So delicious.

Natalie L. Sin said...

Hobo magic AND Japanese folklore? Fantastic : )

K.C. Shaw said...

Awesome little story! I liked Jameson's too, but his freaked me out and yours made me laugh. A good combination. :)

Aaron Polson said...

Natalie - What a combo, eh?

K.C. - If I can be funny, I'll take it. Scary is good, too, but I like to have more than one pitch in my rep.

Danielle Ferries said...

I'll think twice about not sharing watermelon this summer.

Demon Hunter said...

Sounds very interesting, Aaron. :-D

Aaron Polson said...

Danielle - there's always enough to go around.

Tyhitia - hope so ;)

katey said...

Very folk-talesy, in the best possible way. I love Japanese stories. And the Japanese Buddhist hell. Weirdest thing ever, and also in the best possible way.

Super cool!