Back when Stephen King was trying to make it big in the publishing world, he was submitting his short stories to magazines and making whatever he could off of them to support his family. Now, genre and writing mags aside, the days of fiction stories in magazines are almost extinct. Thanks to Esquire magazine and their upcoming Fiction for Men series, original fiction pieces are making a comeback and horror master, Stephen King, is collaborating with son, Joe Hill, to produce a new original story, In the Tall Grass.
According to King’s website, the new story will be published in two parts to be featured in Esquire’s June/July issue, with a conclusion in August. The father-son duo aren’t the only ones getting in on the action; writers Lee Child and Colum McCann will also publish works in the June/July issue of the mens magazine.
There aren’t many details on the story but it will most likely be weird and filled with aliens or some ridiculous twist. Additional short stories by Aaron Gwyn, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jess Walter will also be featured in the Fiction for Men series, which is only available for print and iPad editions.
I am really excited that they are bringing back fiction work to magazines but a little disappointed that the works are only from already established authors. Hopefully, the magazine will expand it’s fiction series and allow for submissions–they need to think about the struggling artists out there too (Like me. I have loans to pay, son!).