“Inheritance” Published in Burst

Short Fiction

Burst Magazine

“The way my mother died had something to do with a cult. Dad won’t talk about it. Bad memories, he says, and his face goes all blank. I’ve looked it up, of course: twenty-seven women in a church hall. Phenobarbital. Paper bags. And, back in that sepia past, my father held in police custody.”

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My very short story “Inheritance” appeared online in Burst magazine, which was one of the very earliest publications designed to be read on a mobile device. Sadly Burst is no longer in existence, but you can read an intact version of “Inheritance” online in this internet archive. It is a story about a girl whose mother died in unusual circumstances.