And now for something completely different…

This month’s short story, THE TIGER LEAPS (Copyright © Arliss Ryan, 1990), didn’t exactly fit any of the usual literary magazines, so I am grateful that it was accepted and published in Pulphouse (Issue Six, 1990).  It was inspired by a photograph in a National Geographic book about zoos that I used to read to my children.  The picture showed a Bengal tiger pacing in its enclosure, an open, grassy area with an elaborate temple building in which the tigers slept at night.  There were no bars; a ditch separated the big cats from the gawking humans on the other side.  Yet all this appearance of freedom in a natural habitat mattered not.  Something in the tiger’s expression said, “You have robbed me, and I will kill you.”  This story, with a nod to William Blake, is the result.

Check it out on the Short Stories page!

https://www.arlissryan.com/short-stories/