Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Billy Boy" Up at Every Day Fiction

Head over to Every Day Fiction for "Billy Boy" today. It's quick and (relatively) pain free, promise. As always, I appreciate your comments (and vote...wink, wink).

The story was inspired by the classic folk ballad "Charming Billy" (lyrics here--you'll have to scroll down) and a (mostly) abandoned strip mall in Lawrence where my carpool used to meet. Kind of spooky looking in those empty stores.

Tim O'Brien, one of my favorite authors, wrote a story entitled "Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?" which I used to teach to sophomore level students. If you can find a copy, it's a great read.

Enjoy Thursday, and thank you for your support.


Kara McElhinny said...

Aaron, what a great way to start my day! Thanks for sharing the link. The story was great, I loved the way you ended it! Gave me chills. :D

Happy writing

Alan W. Davidson said...

Am on my way there now, sir...

Cate Gardner said...

5***** from me. Haunting. I don't think I'll be able to lose the image of the bruises around his eyes for hours.

Katey said...

I said it there, but I'll say it again: pure awesome. Like a painting that hurts, but I keep staring at it anyhow.

Aaron Polson said...

Thanks, Hinny.

Glad to have you back, Alan.

Cate - It's one of those I struggle to read again myself.

Katey - "Like a painting that hurts" - I want that as a book blurb some day, okay?

K.C. Shaw said...

Awesomely creepy story! Now I'm going back to finish reading "Howard's Game" and the beginning of the story you posted this morning. You're writing faster than I'm reading lately. :)