Out toward edge of town, buildings crumble around the vacant lots and trashcan fires, and as I walk past the decay, I feel like I’m being chewed up by a giant mouth filled with rotten teeth. I keep heading toward the Gryphon’s Den where I’m supposed to meet Geoff and settle some business.
Ben Gwin’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School , Mary: A Journal of New Writing , Belt Magazine and others. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction. His novel, Clean Time: The True Story of Ronald Reagan Middleton was shortlisted for the 2014 Pressgang Prize and named a finalist for the 2015 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. He lives in Pittsburgh with his daughter.