That night the moon was the thing, maybe even more than the sirens. It was laughing. That’s what I saw anyway. The same basic premise of the man in the moon, only here he looked like he was cracking up. A vague effect—at least at first—that leapt out at you like a corny cartoon the […]
JAY SHEARER lives in Chicago, where he teaches (University of Illinois at Chicago) and writes (fiction, essays, reviews). His work has appeared in Other Voices, Beloit Fiction Journal, Southeast Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Peregrine, among other publications (several forthcoming). His long story/novella The Pulpit vs. the Hole won USC’s Gold Line Press chapbook competition and was published in 2012. Recently, he was selected as a finalist for the 2013 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction (Univ. of Georgia Press). His novel Five Hundred Sirens (the story in this issue is the title chapter) is forthcoming from Cairn Press.