Austin Shirey's fiction has appeared in (or is forthcoming in) The Saturday Evening Post, Silver Blade, Orca, All Worlds Wayfarer, Stonecoast Review, and in select anthologies from Eerie River Publishing. When he’s not busy writing, he’s probably reading or enjoying time with his wife, Sarah, their daughters, and cats at home in Northern Virginia. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University.
A story about disaster and how we endure in its aftermath, “A Gardener’s Guide” follows its protagonist and her partner through a year post-apocalypse; watching their garden grow as the world slowly dies around them.
Joey’s parents just built a new house in a pristine forest. On his first night in his new bedroom, Joey wakes up from a nightmare and is lured into the dark woods by a nature spirit posing as his mother.