Necessary Fiction

My story “Are the Hungries Coming?” in Necessary Fiction begins, “Dear Baby: As I was running down Queen Street today, past the building that used to say Taco Bell and KFC and Tuesday Special $3.49 but now just says HUNGRY, I thought — when you are born, none of the children’s books will make any sense to you…”

I’ve eaten in the Taco Bell in the photo above, so it was a surprise to see that it was a casualty of the pandemic in 2020. I was tickled that they’d left the word HUNGRY on the building and nothing else and said to my partner Todd that I wanted to read that apocalyptic short story, and he was like, “Guess you’ll have to write it then, hmm?” So I did.

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