Fear Itself


My historical fantasy story Cast Out, which explores how we live with fear (both personal and collective), is free to read online at After-Dinner Conversation, a site which publishes stories that center ethical and philosophical questions. I appreciate their focus, and I appreciate their publishing this story, which portrays mental illness and healing as I have experienced them more explicitly than anything else I’ve written in fiction, and which also takes in some of my other besetting questions about the relationship between personal and political panics and about how religion can worsen or heal either one.

I wrote the story, but the discussion question in the guide at the end were written by the ADC editors.  I’m grateful for those, and looking forward to the podcast in which the editors discuss those questions.

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