Looking for a little action on a slow January afternoon?

The Earth Provides

…then you won’t want to miss Read Short Fiction’s newest feature, Travis Oltmann’s tension-filled adventure “The Earth Provides.”

What stuck with me after reading “The Earth Provides” was its vivid rendering of the seamy side of humanity. The desolation and despair of lands—and people—in turmoil is palpable thanks to the story’s sharp visuals, and the stakes seem to get higher with each new paragraph. What’s particularly done well is the fire motif; the volcano, in particular, is a symbol of all the things in his life that are on the verge of eruption. The meting out of the details of Kevin’s tragic home situation is done perfectly—we’re given just enough to understand why he is in such a terrible place, to feel his pain. A lesser writer would have, perhaps, filled this with flashbacks or sentiment, achieving the opposite effect. This is a stunning portrait of a man who is caught between two worlds—and both are fraught with danger.

Read it here: http://www.readshortfiction.com/2014/01/the-earth-provides-by-travis-oltmann/

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About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, is a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her horror novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

Posted on January 21, 2014, in Read Short Fiction, Short Stories and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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