Short Story Sunday: Barrington Bunny, by Martin Bell

The Way of the Wolf

My parents first read me this tragic tale of a sad bunny who endures Christmas Eve alone when I was about four years old, and I never forgot it. Its ability to emotionally move the reader isn’t just due to its profoundly sad subject matter; the language is simple, the tone is childlike, and the messages are clear. There are plenty of ghost stories in the world, but I’ve honestly experienced so few that are as haunting as this little masterpiece.

The Way of the Wolf Original Cover

This is the original hardcover edition–the one from which my parents read me “Barrington Bunny.”

“Barrington Bunny” appears in Martin Bell’s collection The Way of the Wolf: Stories, poems, songs and thoughts on the parables of Jesus, which was originally published in 1970 by Seabury Press. You can purchase the most recent edition of The Way of the Wolf inexpensively at Amazon here.

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, served as a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, has judged both writing and grant competitions 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 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 April 14, 2019, in Short Stories and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the heads up on “Barrington Bunny.” I’ll go check it out.

    • It’s really a great little story, but like I said, VERY sad. But a wonderful allegory and totally worth reading. What’s weird is, the day I posted this (Sunday), I happened to go to an art gallery and saw a painting that very much reminded me of the Barrington Bunny story, and so I bought it. I will be writing about that in a future post.

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