Beyond the Fence: A Short Collection of Stories

By Marilyn Horn
Art by Sandi Billingsley

The worlds in Marilyn Horn’s stories are sometimes dark, sometimes surreal, and sometimes both—and yet not so unfamiliar. No matter how fantastic the world, loneliness is the enemy, connection the goal. The stories in this short collection will haunt you and comfort you long after you finish the last page.

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Editorial Reviews

“Marilyn’s flash fiction stays with you. It sticks to your ribs. That’s why we enjoyed reading and performing a few of her short pieces at Play On Words; her images and characters pack a punch. We’re delighted to see more of her work out in the world.”

–Julia Halprin Jackson, Play On Words

“Marilyn’s stories combine the earthy and the mystical. Her characters populate a shifting world where “circumstances had conspired against them,” and yet they laugh and take action in the face of great strife. Within these pages, you’ll meet a rollicking cast: Big Gal the remaining city-aquarium dolphin, siblings Cassie and Freddie and their planetary study from Our Wonderful Solar System, Chico the Chihuahua, and other heart-filled and hope-challenged characters you won’t soon forget. The symbolism, particularly of the mobile made of armadillo bones, will stay with you long after you close the cover and invite you back in for a second read. These are stories not to be missed.”

–Melanie Faith, MFA, creative-writing instructor at Women on Writing (WOW!) and adjunct English professor at Southern New Hampshire University graduate school

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46 pages

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