Short Story Collection

(Prose Fiction)

by Bekah Ferguson

 

MOTHER’S ANGEL (Coming of Age, Historical)

For this piece I’d been wanting to write another ghost story and when an idea finally took shape, I realized it’d be ten times better in a pioneer setting. So I spent a good hour or more researching for every single scene written.

Troubled by the ongoing appearances of a ghostly entity in the forest behind his family homestead, a young man in Upper Canada falters between two opposing paths.

 

I SEE YOU (Science Fiction)

For this short story, I wanted to write a “Black Mirror” style sci-fi based on a news article I’d read about a real doll on the market that was recalled for collecting private intel on the children who interacted with it. The idea quickly morphed into a creepy allegory about smartphone addiction.

Finding a strange item locked in a shed, a young woman grows preoccupied with the cold case disappearance of a child.

 

GARRIN (Paranormal)

Years ago I watched a movie called, “The Others” starring Nicole Kidman: a mother and her small children are being haunted by ghosts in a large old house. But there’s a twist at the end. We discover that it’s the mother and her children who are the ghosts, and the so-called ghosts are actually a living family being haunted by THEM. So with that movie in mind, I was inspired to write this short story, with a different twist of my own. (By the way, the name Garrin is German for “guardian.”)

Two teens poking around in an abandoned factory are slow to realize the so-called ghost they’re hunting – is hunting them.

 

THE VIKING (Fantasy)

With this short story, I wanted to tell a Beauty & the Beast kind of tale but didn’t want the meaning to be obvious. One of my favorite quotes/mantras is by Emily Dickinson (“Tell all the truth but tell it slant … The truth must dazzle gradually, or every man be blind”), so I cloaked my characters in the past, in the Viking age and Norse mythology, with a Christ-type hero.

Haunted by his own heinous crime, a desperate Viking kidnaps a young boy and sets sail on the North Sea.

 

THE JAGUAR (Fable)

For more than a decade I researched the plight of LGBTQ Christians in the church; perusing countless testimonies, the efficacy stats of several decades’ worth of reparative therapy, and the Biblical texts known as “clobber passages.” One verse kept coming to mind again and again: “Can a leopard change his spots?” (Jeremiah 13:23a)

While visiting the zoo one year, I noticed that if the sun hits a panther just right, you can see the faint outline of hidden spots beneath its black coat. So, I did some research on panthers, leopards, and jaguars and made a fascinating discovery: panthers are melanistic leopards and jaguars. Therefore, a panther can give birth to both black and spotted cubs. With this information, the idea for a fable quickly took shape . . .

A spotted cub fights starvation when he’s banished from his family of black panthers.

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