A terrible certainty rising inside him, his eyes watering in the night’s cold, Jeffrey said, “My friend, I think you are the devil.”
— The Hills Will Melt Like Wax
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I am very grateful to the people who have sponsored the blog ever since I opened my Patreon account late last year.
Now that I’ve finished the work for my PhD, I’m going to be re-designing my Patreon page, and adding some more rewards for subscribers. I’ll be recording a video for it, explaining myself and this blog, as soon as I have time — I’ll share the link when it’s up.
I posted the first bonus item for subscribers today: my award-winning short story, The Hills Will Melt Like Wax. It’s a short (9 pages) tale about a Philadelphia rabbi who meets the devil.
The story won the 2015 Hodges Prize, was published in the Tampa Review, and was recognised by Glimmer Train and the Danahy Prize. I’m very fond of it.
I have again resisted the devil, Jeffrey told himself. And only luck—or a lifetime’s religious training—had allowed him to sense the true nature of these encounters. Perhaps Satan appeared to everyone, quite frequently, without anyone realizing he was on trial.
If you do visit the Patreon page, I am sorry if it looks a bit bare: my PhD and dissertation have been so demanding that I haven’t had time for any additions to that site. I will be cleaning up the page over the next couple of weeks and adding extra pieces to it.
Thank you, too, to all my current sponsors. I really appreciate your support. And the coffee that your support buys.