Application for a Story Species Record

Cicada speciesADDRESS: 
San Francisco-ish

ECKELBURG MEMBERSHIP NO.:  
1178345

I, Trevor J. Houser, hereby certify that my story, Malta, is correct and perhaps true to some degree, and that the rules as set out by The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review for claiming a publication have been complied with in full.

ORIGIN OF MALTA: 
World War II documentaries; Mr. Boston’s Official Bartenders Guide; repeated viewings of Thunderball; a hard-won belief in werewolves; and, an appreciation for panic, mass or otherwise, coupled with, and ultimately bookended by a (healthy?) sense of dread.

DATE STORY FINISHED:
Sometime before my son was born.

WEIGHT:
300 to 350 grams

LOCATION:
A closet with a window that never closed right; the smell of burnt salmon and Exodus Kush wafting in with the Santa Ana winds

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COLOR, MARKINGS (THESE ARE NOT ALWAYS OBVIOUS IN PHOTOS): 
Overall amber-colored that is lighter on the belly, not to mention the very distinctive dark “bandito” stripe running down its right margin, which tends to fade after the third or fourth reading, depending on your geopolitics.

WITNESSES:
David Markson, Donald Barthelme, Sean Connery, J.P. Donleavy, and Flintstones Gummies (now with more vitamin D!).

 


Trevor J. Houser has published stories in Pindeldyboz, Story Quarterly, and Zyzzyva among others. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.