The End is Nigh

With five days left on the thesis front, my manuscript is getting lean. For your ammusment, here is a daydream sequence that has been cut from Alpha House:

I see a big sky and long, empty field in front of us and Mom in a white dress, unpacking a wicker basket. Cucumber sandwiches and tomato salad. The sun shines down onto the field where Jackson and Mom and Dad and I sit on a blanket eating our lunch in silence, except for the sound of cucumbers snapping between our teeth. A late afternoon cloud centers over us. A warm wind blows across the treeless field. A napkin leaps from the blanket and cartwheels across the grass. Rain begins to fall–black ink rain that stains our clothes and skin and sandwiches and blanket. We turn black and sit still, paralyzed, unable to escape the cloud and the rain and our destiny–something bigger than ourselves.

keep on.


About J. R. Angelella

J. R. Angelella is the author of the popular debut novel ZOMBIE: A NOVEL (Soho Press) and a contributing author to the murder-mystery anthology WHO DONE IT? (Soho Teen), benefiting the nonprofit organization 826NYC. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won the 2012 Short Story Contest held by The Coachella Review. He received a BA in English Literature from Ithaca College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He taught creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and currently teaches professional writing at the University of Maryland at College Park. He lives in Baltimore with his wife, the writer Kate Angelella.
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3 Responses to The End is Nigh

  1. Anonymous says:

    It was a lovely passage. Just . . . not in the book you were writing.–Your wife

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