“It’s Against the Law to Feed the Ducks:” A young family’s New Hampshire vacation is interrupted by an event, and everyone starts disappearing, at least, that’s that it seems like to five-year-old Danny. This story was published in Fantasy Magazine and reprinted in The Best of Fantasy Magazine.
John Langan is the critically acclaimed author of Mr. Gaunt and Other Uneasy Encounters and House of Windows, along with numerous short stories, many of which have been reprinted in Ellen Datlow’s year’s best anthos.
John can do just about anything he wants as a writer. He can channel MR James and other classic gothic writers of the 19th and early 20th century while–and sometimes within the same work–get as post-modern and zeitgeisty as you can handle. His work is expansive and terribly personal, and he’s written more than a few stories I wish I was good enough to write. Huge thanks to one of my very beset friends for reading the Ducky story.
Like the other Langan, John is one of the original jurors and one of the co-founders of the Shirley Jackson Awards. He’s not very good at Mafia.