—A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Flannery O’Connor
In this, one of my favorite stories, O’Connor portrays the Grandmother as a petty, bickering know-it-all who—incapable of admitting a mistake—leads her family to their deaths at the hands of the outlaw, The Misfit. She becomes a “good woman” only when confronted with her own death—praying even for her killer’s salvation.
Most characters in this issue could use just such a catalyst.
Beyond this obvious connection, the inhabitants of these stories remind me of O’Connor’s in how they deal with loss and the unexpected turns—literally and figuratively—life deals out.
In fact, our authors appear to delight in surprising their protagonists, or the reader, or both—unleashing a downpour of dark, sinister circumstances, with only a sprinkling of lighthearted antics to offset. It speaks highly of the writers’ talents that, even as we relish the adversity thrown at the characters, we feel sympathy, even empathy, for many.
And who better than Wendy H. Gill to grace our pages with her photography? A photographer and writer, Wendy’s remarkable images speak metaphorically, as her lens captures detailed patterns, colors, textures, and the interplay of light and shadow.
Cheers to repeat and a warm welcome to new contributors this time. It’s particularly gratifying to see how far moonShine reaches, with authors hailing from Michigan, Oregon, California, and Australia, as well as our own backyard of North and South Carolina.
Special Thanks to the Contributors for this Issue:
Featured Photographer: Wendy H. Gill
Featured Writers: Claire Armstrong, Gary Bolick, Jayne Padgett Bowers, Charles Israel, Jr., Olaf Kroneman, BD Little, Kimberly Lynne, Jeff Nazzaro, Duncan Richardson, Allen D. Stevenson, Bob Strother, Elizabeth B. Watson
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