Julie Hutchings asked me to write a short story for her and Kristen Strassel's blog Deadly Ever After, as they were starting a weekly series called Flash Fiction Fridays. I was psyched to be a part of it, and I started thinking about what story ideas might be a good fit. The first thing that popped into my head was Tony the Bear.
About three years ago, I was asked to write a one-page horror short for a Lovecraftian magazine. The story I wrote was based on an imaginary friend that my son had when he was younger called Tony the Bear. My son would often talk about the large brown bear that lived in his closet. He was very matter-of-fact about the whole thing, and he talked about Tony quite a bit.
The story never actually made it into the magazine in question, so I'd been thinking about what to do with it for the past couple of years. When Julie reached out, it gave me a great excuse to take another look at it, and I ended up rewriting a good bit of the original version. I'm happy with how this version came out, and even happier to say that you can read it for free over on the Deadly Ever After blog right now!
Thanks again to Julie and Kristen for giving me the opportunity to share my story with their readers! While your over checking out Tony the Bear, check out Julie's new book Running Home, and read about Kristen's upcoming book, Because the Night. They also do a podcast called the Undead Duo Live, which you can find here.