Charles Austin Muir writes weird/dark/horror fiction. After a reorganization within his company he has recently begun practicing his penmanship on cardboard surfaces and scouting traffic islands. His stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Morpheus Tales, Mutation Nation and the Bram Stoker-nominated Hell Comes to Hollywood. He likes bourbon and chicken and sometimes bourbon chicken.
Enclosed without SASE please see my short story, “The Boy in the Bushes,” for consideration of publication in your magazine. It is based on a real-life incident in which I found a little boy torturing a kitten. Because it really took place, I think this gives my story the authentic ring of horror.
I know you’ve given strong objections to any stories involving animal abuse or violence to children. But I urge you to at least give my story the courtesy of a first reading, as it describes the incident in rich detail. If you still don’t think it fits your magazine, please forward to the police as they may find it of interest.
Upon completion I will submit another story to you, “A Blow-by-blow Account of How I Severed My Father’s Penis,” by the end of the week.
Thank you for your time,
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