The Cracked Eye published one of my longer stories this week. “No Man’s Land” takes place during the Battle of the Somme, D-Day, Khe Sanh, and a humdrum invasion of a Middle Eastern nation in the 21st century. It owes a heavy debt to Joseph Conrad’s structure of Heart of Darkness, Rod Serling, the sentiments of Santayana, and a strange X-Files episode, among other garnishes.

I think the presidential campaigning about carpet bombing entire nations halfway across the world proves that we haven’t left the worst excesses of the 20th century behind, by any means.

The artwork was done by a remarkable hand, a person named Leosaysays, who deserves at least half the credit.


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