Tom Andes' writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2012, Santa Monica Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and many other places. He won the 2019 Gold Medal for Best Novel-in-Progress from the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society. He works as a freelance editor, book coach, manuscript consultant, teaches, moonlights as a country singer, and released his debut EP, Static on Every Station on Bandcamp in 2022. He also plays guitar with Emily Neustrom and the Fried Honeys. He lives in New Orleans and can be found at www.tomandes.com.
When he grabbed my arm, I was halfway across the lot, that girl watching through the windows, like reality television was unfolding in front of her on the graveyard shift. Above the pumps, bugs hit the security lights, the swamp stretching away into darkness, interstate hum.