Part One of “The Gate” was the inspiration for my short story “Call From The Cabin.”
Here’s the backstory on how these stories fit together: In early 2013, I entered a “Three Minute Fiction” contest on NPR. The challenge was to write a story in the form of a voicemail message, no longer than 3 minutes (or no more than 600 words).
I thought that would be fun… and funny. I expected most entrants would go for comedy. So I decided to find a way to narrate a dramatic story – hopefully a suspenseful one.
Revisiting a theme in “The Gate,” I crafted a quick tale spoken into a cellphone, one that reveals the caller’s fear about being vulnerable when away from populated areas.
I was excited that NPR chose my entry, “Call From The Cabin,” to be the first “favorite” from this contest read on-air (All Things Considered on February 16, 2013). Click on the Play button below to listen to how NPR produced an excerpt of “Call From The Cabin.”