I don’t know what it is about short stories, but somehow the form lends itself to the exploration of the depressing. I usually love happy endings, but when it comes to short stories, I can’t bring myself to write “happy” ones. Maybe it’s because I know I could never write an entire novel like Lord of the Flies or 1984, so my chance to write negative character arcs, macabre horror, and antagonist victories happens in short stories. Enjoy!
Inspired by Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” this story (published under Kellie VanHorn) was the Judges’ Choice Runner-Up in the 2015 Write Michigan Short Story Contest (http://www.writemichigan.org/).
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