John Henry Fleming

A Charmed Life

His father was a disgraced steamboat pilot with a knack for grounding boats and destroying docks, his mother the thin-lipped illegitimate daughter of a beefy prostitute. When the midwife handed him over, she waited six hours in the parlor room to be paid, her queries up the decrepit stairs returned only by the newborn’s trembling squalls...
John Henry Fleming

John Henry Fleming

John Henry Fleming's stories have appeared in McSweeney's, The North American Review, Mississippi Review, Fourteen Hills, New World Writing, Carve, and Burrow Press's We Can't Help It If We're From Florida. He's also the author of Songs for the Deaf, a story collection; The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, a novel; Fearsome Creatures of Florida, a literary bestiary; and The Book I Will Write, a novel-in-emails originally published serially. He's the director of creative writing at the University of South Florida and the founder and advisory editor of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art.