The jeweler feels almost mythical or legendary to me, someone capable of pretty intense magic. Would his magic work against him?
Unfortunately for him, I would say very much yes, his magic would work against him.
This is very obviously a lover’s quarrel, but was it intentional on the part of the widow?
I don’t think that’s for me to say. Lover’s quarrels are complicated and messy, and even her answer to that question might change over time.
Are there any writers or artists you take inspiration from for your writing?
Oh yes. Shirley Jackson. Donald Ray Pollock. Dashall Hammett, not just for his writing but the guy lived an interesting life. I never remember this guy’s name but there’s this Polish painter, he was killed in a stabbing a decade or so ago, but his stuff is really haunting and great. Surreal. Fantastic in the formal sense of the word. And I like old pulp book covers a lot.
If you had a message for readers about this story or writing in general, what would you say?
Sure, yes. I hope you like the story, and I hope you like whatever comes out next too.
Do you have any previously published pieces you’re particularly proud of?
I do. I have a lot of tiny stories going around. I’ve wanted to maybe animate them or turn them into postcards, but that all is a little outside my experience. Here are a few links for some quick favorites. I’ve also got a novella coming out in a couple months.
You can read Craig Rodgers’ new piece “A String of Curses” in Issue Nine of The Ginger Collect!