Gordon White is a friend of mine, and I was privileged enough to read ‘Hair Shirt Drag’ before it was purchased by the folks at Sekhment Press. It’s a great story. I can’t wait ’till Wrapped in Black is released so I can permanently add ‘Hair Shirt Drag’ to my collection. Strong work, Gordon!
WRAPPED IN BLACK
Thirteen Tales of Witches and the Occult
HAIR SHIRT DRAG
by Gordon White
I ain’t never read the Key of Solomon, but I read the Book of Kings. Rest of the Bible, too, back when Mama thought that’d help me fit in. It didn’t, I won’t, and, truth be told, I ain’t all that broken up about it. It’s hard being the only son in a family of powerful women, harder still when people say you aren’t even man enough for that. But I’m just about over it all, really.
It’s a humid July evening, as Mama says, accenting both syllables. We’re on the porch, listening to the crickets and the frogs settle into their nightly delirium as fireflies rise up across the tobacco fields like ghost lights. Mama’s got a mouthful of needles as she helps me pin the dress I’m wearing. She’s ain’t…
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