Bully/Bullied by James Scott & Ryan Call
Bully by James Scott
Bullied by Ryan Call
50 pages. Tape-bound.
One tough kid and another tough kid and two stories, told side-by-side, about what it is we might want from one another, how it feels to just be left alone. Nick Gradowski is a bully. Jeremy Haskins is bullied. Tanya Wheatley is tough as shit. The Winter Carnival is a bright beacon, a place for handjobs and blue polar bears. If there are two sides to every story, Bully / Bullied wants to find a third, a fourth, a way out from our actions and their consequences.
James Scott’s fiction has been published in One Story, American Short Fiction, Quick Fiction and other journals, and is forthcoming in Post Road. His work has been nominated for the Best New American Voices Anthology and the Pushcart Prize and anthologized by flatmancrooked. He has received awards to Yaddo, the Millay Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute. Currently, James writes for the music magazine Under the Radar and teaches workshops at Grub Street.
Ryan Call’s stories appear in Caketrain, New York Tyrant, Mid-American Review, The Collagist, and elsewhere. He and his wife live in Houston.