The Fire of Appleton Mill


I recently submitted my latest short story The Fire of Appleton Mill  for submission to a major literary magazine. It is usually several weeks before I hear from the publisher.

The story idea came from a real life experience.When i was young, and working in a cotton mill, which is now burned to the ground, I had a premonition of an inferno consuming the place, possibly with me in it. I chalked it up to my imagination running away with me, since the entire mill was a fire trap. Hundreds of grease caked rags, floors shinning from cottonseed oil that had soaked into the wood for many years, and air filled with flying lint. Combine those contributing factors along with a large number of workers smoking like the giant smoke stack, which towered over the mill, and you have a tinder box.

And there were rats. Many Many rats scurrying along the floors walls, and occasionally over my feet.

This story, like all my stories has super natural elements. The story is presented with picturesque language that is sure to bring you down into a dark and  ominous place right next to me. I will keep you posted on when it will be in print. Even if it doesn’t it was fun to write; but I hope it is published because dear reader it is always better when I share it with you.


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