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How twisted can our traumas leave us? How are we scarred and changed? "Rage" reveals the grudge of loss, the difficult healing of heartache, and the mercurial nature of sex and love.

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This isn't an easy story for me to revisit. It's riddled with adult themes, sexual content, strong language, and sums up the rage running through the collection. And when I say adult themes, I mean very adult themes. I once shocked a young family at a reading--I didn't see them come in at the very moment I was dropping an f-bomb into the microphone and I felt horrible when I found out afterward they'd fled with hands over ears (the story that time was "Waiting for the Defibrillator to Charge"). The subject matter in "Rage" is so much more disturbing than a malicious homecoming in a strip club I don't want to even imagine reading it where minors could possibly hear.

That being said, where did this story come from? To be honest, I'm not really sure. It's not based on anything I've ever heard of or experienced--it just evolved and morphed and twisted as I was writing. However, it's in "Rage" where the parallels between Dolsens and Chatham (the place on which Dolsens is loosely based) are most readily apparent: there is a subdivision in Chatham known as Birdland (all the streets are named after birds); I've seen the Chatham Memorial Arena fill with fog during over-attended high school games; I've seen thunderstorms race across the sky; Chatham does have drawbridges on major downtown streets which (before other crossings were built) did have the ability to cut the city in two; and I've also witnessed more than a few one-sided retributory beatings.

There are other parallels, too, but if I share those I'll be dropping spoilers and I really don't want to do that. I want you to read "Rage" (and hopefully enjoy it), but please don't ask me to read it out loud.

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