I love Bill Landis, and I want you to love him, too.
I never met Bill, never corresponded with him, never shook his hand and felt his palm against my own and knew him as a living, breathing man; but he is more alive to me, has had more impact on my life, his presence hangs over me and guides me more profoundly than people I have known and worked alongside for years. Even in his absence he has been a mentor, an inspiration, a cautionary tale and a guiding force through my life; and now,...
With a couple exceptions, I wrote most of the stories included in Peel Back and See between 2018 and 2021. As it happens, those years were by far the most taxing and transformative of my life, a fact that I see reflected in the fiction I wrote during that time. Of course, 2020 and 2021 have presented a more macro-level trauma in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose effects rage on to this day (thanks in no small part to anti-vaxxers and the strategically manufactured, algorithm-curated alternate realities that social media...
THE Cadillac Man by John Wayne Comunale
STORM SHADOWS by Kenneth W. Cain