So I just entered The Saturday Evening Post’s “Great American Short Story” contest, and read on their site that as long as a story was only published on a personal blog, it would qualify for submission. That led me to inquire if it would be permissible for me to post my story that placed as an Honorable Mention in their contest two years ago (and published in their digital anthology); they said that was fine (and also appreciated the mention).
My short story was based on a cold case (literally and figuratively) of a grave-robber who haunted Pensacola, Florida, in the Fifties. It’s a mystery that spans generations and ends up answering the question, “Whodunit?”
I just posted the first several lines, and included the story in its entirety as a PDF for those interested in reading the whole thing.
The Ghoul of Whitmire Cemetery
“Grandma,” Ellie Dolan said, holding the birdlike, bluish-white hand of the woman who had raised her after her mother’s passing. “I have wonderful news. Mr. Trune loved the stories I sent him, and he’s going to give me my own space. He really dug the idea of a cold case column.”
She had expected her grandmother to look pleased, but she only looked troubled.