New story out at LITnIMAGE

LITnIMAGE is an exciting on-line review dedicated to the nexus between narrative and imagery. Most of the fiction they publish is of the “flash” or “short short” variety. My story, “Snarl,” represents something of a departure for me. As you’ll see, it’s a weird tale, pretty far out there in terms of the point of view. Whether or not it’s successful as a narrative is for the reader to judge . . .

Finally, a warning: some of the events are slightly explicit.


About Tim Weed

Tim Weed’s first novel, WILL POOLE'S ISLAND (2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year. He is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and his work has appeared in The Millions, Colorado Review, Talking Points Memo, Writer's Chronicle, Talking Writing, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere, and his short fiction collection, A FIELD GUIDE TO MURDER & FLY FISHING (Green Writers Press), is out in 2017. Tim teaches at Grub Street in Boston and in the MFA writing program at Western Connecticut State University, and occasionally serves as a featured expert for National Geographic in Spain and Patagonia. He​ is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program.
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12 Responses to New story out at LITnIMAGE

  1. brianthiem says:

    Love it. You must have been a lion in a previous life to capture the world through that POV. At the end, I was cheering for Snarl and her mate against the oppressive “skin-monkeys.”

  2. timweed says:

    Thanks Brian! Glad you enjoyed it. It’s definitely not a story everyone will like, but I had a lot of fun writing it. They’re hyenas, by the way.

  3. pensivelion says:

    Vivid description! It almost felt like I was reading a serial killer’s diary…had he been held captive. I thought wolves because of the moon references. It felt fresh to imagine a narration from a predatory beast. I felt you maintained the voice well, giving the hyena qualities that represented more than carnivore… Hmmm, my immediate reaction is that it feels new and interesting. Great work, especially with the imagery.

  4. timweed says:

    Thanks Derrick. Very much appreciate your feedback!

  5. Alas, I thought it was some form of wolf. Had a Siberian Husky once, thought some days he figured I was a skin-monkey. Beautiful imagery–almost stepping into Gothic. It was fun to read too.

  6. dtgriffith says:

    Tim, I fell right into the story. Great imagery and other sensory. Had a Bonnie and Clyde feel, I was half expecting the story to end with the protagonist describing Snarl as riddled with bullets. I had thought they were wolves or coyotes, but hyenas make sense knowing their scavenging and hunting ways.

    Interesting choice to write in the present tense. It struck me as frantic and immediate, creating an edgy vibe. Is that why you chose this tense?

    I agree with Derrick, this is a fresh creative approach. Would love to read more. Nice job!

  7. timweed says:

    Thanks David. It’s really gratifying to have everyone’s reactions. I find that with short fiction there’s often a feeling of stories disappearing without much notice into the ether, until and unless they are resuscitated in a collection or an anthology. Chalk another one up for the virtues of on-line publishing.

    Interesting question about the present tense. I don’t think it’s something that I made a conscious choice about. On reflection, though, I think you’re absolutely right that it’s the best tense to use for immediacy, in that it allows a tight focus on the unfolding moment without much reference to the implied past and future.

    It’s also, of course, the obvious tense to use when a protagonist is going to die.

  8. Tim, loved the piece. I had a Siberian Husky for many years and now I understand that I was probably his skin monkey! The rolling around in smelly things did it for him, and reading about it did it for me. Wonderful story with hints of Gothic, with hints of Conan Doyle’s fog.

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