MacGuffin Spring/Summer 2009
While some small press publications do survive, even fewer thrive. Many wind up as squashed bugs on the literary radiator grill in a matter of a few years, and in some cases, months. The MacGuffin has been around since 1984. I hope it lasts another twenty-five years.
Behind the beautiful cover of the Spring/Summer 2009 MacGuffin designed by Sue Averell , my story “The Harlot of Baltimore” was lucky enough to land a spot beside some great fiction and poetry, including that of Jen Michalski, editor of the indie publication JMWW Journal.
“The Harlot of Baltimore” Begins:
“Day fifteen of a twenty-three day voyage began before sunup with commotion on the main deck. Myron scurried up the ladder to find a crowd, mostly crew at this point in the trip, gathered around a man wearing a bowler hat. Buttoned up in tweeds, a shine on his shoes, Finister Morgan stumbled along the bulwarks with a triumphant grin on his face. “I have beaten it,” he proclaimed, and, given his equanimity, no one had any reason to doubt him. Moments after his declaration, even as the mainsail filled with wind, Finister’s chest heaved, and he collapsed, breathless, onto the forward deck of the Baltimore Mary.”
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