RVA City Writers member J. T. Glover has published short fiction in Best New Horror, Pseudopod, and Nightscript, among other venues. Always discovering, his nonfiction has appeared in many publications, including The Silent Garden and Thinking Horror. By day he’s an academic librarian specializing in the humanities, and he lives in Central Virginia.
In addition, John diligently tends to his blog, Dark Stories and Hidden Roads, where you can find his musings on everything from new horror movies to his favorite quarantine reads. He regularly attends conventions, workshops, and conferences, both literary and academic, heartily supporting fellow writers as well as publicizing his own work.
Let’s jump into the cold of December with J.T. Glover’s flash fiction challenge piece. What is the challenge? Write a fifty-word flash. That’s it. However, the story must incorporate three randomly selected words and revolve around a single, overall theme. The words have been drawn and shared; letter, afford, and yard. The theme is despair.
J. T. Glover
The familiar back door still hung crooked.
“The letter of the agreement, Mac.”
“Didn’t know it’d be Mary,” I said, looking toward the minivan in the yard.
“Guys with your hobbies can’t afford questions. She won’t pay up.”
“They don’t deserve this.”
He laughed, the unspoken “whatever” loud and clear.
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