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.
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.