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As part of our continuing Featured Author Halloween celebrations, Literary Transgressions proudly presents Tim Mucci’s “The Tree.”
I saw the tree from the car window when I was six years old. I was on vacation with my family, heading up north to go camping. It was on the far bend of a winding road, so as soon as I saw it, it was gone. It only ever truly existed in my sight for just the briefest of moments, but the memory of it has been tattooed into my brain. I’ve never forgotten a single detail of that twisted shape and of the man hanged dead from one of the thicker branches. That tree knotted and bunched like a giant twisted in an ash gray cloak; suffocating and powerless. It had a mass of sharp branches that cluttered up to the sky and held brown sickly leaves that shivered in the breeze, and that body twisting lazily against the trunk.
We rounded the curve so quickly that I wasn’t able to process the vision until we were well away from the bend. I can still remember all the details; that hand curved and stiffened only just touching the rough, inky blue denim of his jeans. I could only partially see his face; puffed, bloated and ringed by matted, greasy dark hair. (more…)
Happy Halloween, Transgressors!
As a special treat for this most excellent of holidays, we are kicking off what I hope will be a continuing feature here on Literary Transgressions about local up-and-coming authors. Today, we are joined by Tim Mucci (@timx13), author of, among other works, the excellently eerie (and very Halloween-appropriate) short story “The Tree.” (Click here to read it!)
Tim recently sat down for a digital chat with us to discuss his work, the future of the short story, and creepiness in general:
Literary Transgressions (LT): Could you talk a bit about the inspiration for your writing broadly and for “The Tree” more specifically?
Tim Mucci (TM): I write because I’m a story addict. I love the way literature works, I love the power it has over our minds. A good story can make you completely forget about yourself and your bills and your discomfort and your general life. To be able to do that by simply translating your own thoughts onto a page is mystical to me, and so I write. (more…)