Finalist for the 2016 Agatha Award for Best Short Story
Finalist for the 2017 Thriller Award for Best Short Story
Wildside Press, 2016
“Parallel Play” may be among the darkest stories I’ve yet written and almost certainly the one closest to being a thriller. I’m honored to have it appear in Chesapeake Crimes: Storm Warning, the latest volume of the award-winning anthology series, from the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Wildside Press. Also appearing are stories by Donna Andrews, Tim Bentler-Jungr, Shaun Taylor Bevins, Carla Kaessinger Coupe, Maddi Davidson (Mary Ann Davidson and Diane Davidson), Linda Ensign, Barb Goffman, Kim Kash, Adam Meyer, Lauren Silberman, Alan S. Orloff, KM Rockwood, Marianne Wilski Strong, and Robin Templeton. The collection was edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley, and it features an introduction by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Stories were selected by David Dean, Sujata Massey, and B.K. Stevens through a blind submission process.
“Art Taylor has won practically every award possible for his short stories and he might want to rearrange his shelves to make way for another statue for this story. Taylor once again excels at delving into the mind of his female protagonist. But this time, Art has also crafted a particularly devious and evil villain. This tension filled story of a mother who will go to any lengths to protect her child unfolds like a mini-movie on the page – both touching and terrifying.” — Kristopher Zgorski, BOLO Books
“I was blown away by the descriptive writing, the ability to create tension and the character studies. I also recommend it for book clubs due to the wealth of issues to be discussed.” — Lynn Farris, The Examiner
Book categories: Anthologies