New Voices: “The Cameraman”


“The sandy bottom of the reservoir glittered with fool’s gold. The surface was cold and smooth under my fingers. It would be awesome to jump into it that minute. There was no one around to stop me. Ephraim still had his eyes closed. He was only pretending to be asleep, but he looked almost innocent, like just a kid in a rowboat. I couldn’t imagine Ephraim as anything other than the freak show he was, but at some point he must have been young. He couldn’t have always been this hard and crazy. Or maybe he was. Maybe he was a kicking, scratching, pissed-off baby.”

Sixth in our series of fiction by never-before-published authors.

Maureen O'Leary Wanket is an author and teacher based in Sacramento, California. She received an M.F.A. from Ashland University. Her books include How to Be Manly (Giant Squid Books, 2014), The Arrow (Geminid Press, 2014), and The Ghost Daughter (Coffeetown Press, 2016). Her poetry and short stories have been published in Ariadne Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Night Train Journal, and The Black Fork Review, as well as in the Shade Mountain Press 2015 anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women.