Shawn Vestal

is the author of Godforsaken Idaho, a collection of short stories (New Harvest). His stories appear in Tin HouseMcSweeney’s, the Southern Review, American Short Fiction, and other journals. A newspaper columnist, he lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and son.

Winter Elders

They materialized with the first snow. That was how Bradshaw would always remember it. He was standing at the living room window, listening to Cheryl shush the baby, when he saw specks fluttering like ash against a smoky sky, then…

Opposition in All Things

Then I awoke. Sea the color of stone curled away in every direction, tucking itself beneath a bright mist that blotted out the sky. A tinge of lilac bleeding into the frosty air.