These stories have never been published and never will be,
except on www.poppyzbrite.com. Some of them are stories that
were rejected before I made my first sale; some I never even
tried to sell; one is just a fragment of particular interest
to fans of my characters Ghost and Steve. I'm making these available
not because I think they are some sort of lost masterpieces
(far from it), but because they may give readers a look at how
my fictional voice developed -- or may just give hope to unknown,
discouraged writers who'll say "Wow! If she wrote that piece
of shit in 1984 and got published in 1985, maybe I have a chance
too!" In other words, these are just for fun. Please read them
in that spirit.
The first fragment of the boys from Missing Mile.
The Ring (115k)
A pre-Civil War look at a Hummingbird ancestor.
The Freaks (31.2k)
On a cold January afternoon in the coal valleys of Kentucky,
two people emerged from a fairground and began walking toward
the middle of town...