ANMLY #28 :: Fiction


Manuel Aragon
Debojit Dutta
Monica Hileman
Annie Blake

“Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”  

This observation by Albert Camus is particularly apt in today’s culture, and I’m happy to share several works of fiction in this issue of Anomaly that are engaging, provocative, and, most of all, a pleasure to read.

I’m deeply honored to join Anomaly as the new Fiction Editor, and tremendously proud of the work our team has done for this issue.  Here, you will find three stories that embody the mission of Anomaly:  “[To] provide a platform for works of art that challenge conventions of form and format, of voice and genre.”  We hope you will enjoy these stories as much as we did.

A Violent Noise,” by Denver author Manuel Aragon, is his first published piece, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that his debut appears here.  Manuel Aragon is an exciting new voice in American fiction, and we are confident that you’ll be hearing much more from him.

The second piece, “Treeman Chipotle,” is a wonderfully surreal meditation on existence from Debojit Dutta, a writer and editor based in New Delhi, India.  After reading this, you’ll never look at a tree the same way again.

Finally, “Funny Story,” by Monica Hileman, is a delightful examination of the work that home health caregivers do, with a surprising twist at the end.

Together, these stories illuminate, entertain, and reveal some truths.  Thanks to all of our staff, and thank you for reading these essential works.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Fiction Editor
April 2019

Anomaly #28 Fiction Team

Katie Jean Shinkle, Associate Fiction Editor
Katherine Agard, Associate Fiction Editor
Kathryn Henion, Associate Fiction Editor
Addie Tsai, Assistant Fiction Editor
Sebastien Cervantes, Assistant Fiction Editor
Stefania Gomez, Assistant Fiction Editor
David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Fiction Editor