FICTION

The following represents my body of work in fiction, reverse-chronological by date of publication.

If you were to ask me who I am, before my name, before any title, I would tell you I am a writer. This is the most important, most vital part of me. I write for writing's sake, for the craft of it, for what one can do with language, for the chance at reaching into another and tying our soulstuff together. I love fiction most.

If ever one of the links on this page is broken, please reach out to me at charliemcase AT icloud DOT com. I will be happy to fix the link, or if the page no longer exists, send you my work directly.

  • 4,400 words
  • short fiction
  • written at age 21

A piece exploring a young middle child's role in their family, always running to the support of others, at their own expense. Explores themes of family, obligation, invisibility, and sickness.

Published online by Long River Review 26 April 2024.

Winner of the 2023-24 Jennie Hackman Memorial Prize for Short Fiction, 1st prize.

  • 4,000 words
  • short fiction
  • written at age 19

A short story in three parts. The narrator, on their sickbed, is visited thrice by their doppelganger, an omen of impending death. Somehow, despite this horror, the narrator and doppelganger form a bond in the short time they have together. Explores themes of death, love, sickness, and fear.

Published as an excerpt by Long River Review in their bound journal, volume 25, 28 April 2022. Later published online in full by Long River Review 8 June 2022.

Also available in its excerpted publication from the UConn Archives & Special Collections.

  • 4,000 words
  • short fiction
  • written at age 19

A segmented story exploring the early life of two farm children and their mother, from the perspective of one of those children looking back as an adult. Explores themes of family, abuse, death, and holding on to fond memories.

Published as an excerpt by Long River Review in their bound journal, volume 25, 28 April 2022. Later published online in full by Long River Review 8 June 2022.

Also available in its excerpted publication from the UConn Archives & Special Collections.

  • 2,400 words
  • short fiction
  • written at age 16

A short fiction piece, regarding a teenage boy who toys with the idea of running away from his neglectful father. Explores themes of friendship, family, and agency.

Published online by Blue Muse Magazine 26 February 2019.

Winner of the 2018 Taylor A. Greene Prose Contest, 1st place.