(and other writings)
A man wakes to a warm gun against the wall and a conversation he's desperate not to understand. "The Bead," another story from the forthcoming Magicland collection, is now available in the Winter issue of The Hunger: A Journal.
A boy on the roof of a house surrounded by floodwaters encounters a mermaid in "Magicland," Harrison Demchick's latest short story. "Magicland" appears in the January 2019 edition of literary magazine Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism.
In a borough quarantined due to an airborne illness that causes deformity, insanity, and death, a 14-year-old boy named Daniel, orphaned by the plague, is caught up with a one-eared gang/cult called the Listeners. But all he really wants is to find his best friend Katie, trapped somewhere in the quarantine.
"Sicko action is minimal, with Demchick instead following the workaday structure of Colson Whitehead's Zone One (2011) while also incorporating the kind of primary documents seen in Max Brooks's World War Z (2006). [With] evocative nonlinear prose . . . Demchick's depth of focus is both confident and impressive."
-Booklist (Daniel Kraus, author of Bram Stoker finalist and Odyssey Award-winner Rotters)
Magicland: Short Stories and Novellas
A boy on the roof of a house surrounded by floodwaters encounters a mermaid. Three friends come upon a major city in Montana that doesn't exist. A family find themselves tailgating their own car. A kid finds his recently departed father sending him messages through the comic book collection they shared. These stories and more comprise Magicland, currently in the beta reader stage. Two stories from the collection, "Magicland" and "The Bead," have already been accepted for publication in literary magazines Phantom Drift: A Journal of New Fabulism and The Hunger: A Journal.