“The barn my sister hanged herself in sits on my family’s land just south of Scottsburg.” The winner of our Indiana Wants My Story Contest, by Lou Perry.
“I set out to explore various horror traditions and build onto all the wonderful, frightful material that came long before.” Lou Perry interviews horror writer Laird Barron.
“This fictional account of a writer struggling to piece together a nonfictional account of why someone set a match to Greenwood’s cotton fields in 1985 is one of the truest, most honest depictions of the secrets, betrayals, and shared pasts that make every small town in America tick.” Lou Perry‘s memory is jogged by Growing Up Dead In Texas.
“I ate my first hamburger in over sixty days on August 2, 2012. The roiling in my stomach. The queasiness.Yeah, replace those blueberry pies with hamburger and you’ll get a pretty good picture of what my evening was like.” Lou Perry returns to his meat-eating ways.
“I’m proud to say that I didn’t eat a single piece of that meat, but I’ll harbor a small grudge against Punchnel’s until the day that I die.” That’s what they all say, Lou Perry. That’s what they all say.
All my fears that vegetarianism would create a financial domino effect ending with a sheriff’s sale of my home were entirely misplaced. Our grocery bills have been lighter since I started this (and no, it’s not because I only eat Ramen noodles). Lou Perry‘s wallet is heavier these days.
“Crustaceans were my out for this whole mess I’ve gotten myself into—my trump card to the vegetarian world. They don’t have spinal cords, I told people again and again. So I’m not going to eat chicken or lamb or steak for sixty days, but I will eat crabs, lobsters, and shrimp, I said. No spinal cord equals no pain, see?” Lou Perry discovers it’s not that easy.
“If you absolutely have to cook a carp, make sure it’s between two pieces of cardboard. Then eat the cardboard.” A good reason to go vegetarian, Lou Perry.
“I’ve watched the documentaries. I know the arguments. I’m not here to challenge any of that. Instead, I’m here to challenge myself to do exactly what I just said I wouldn’t: turn down that bacon wrapped beef tenderloin.” Lou Perry goes meatless.