New Story: “Compound Problems” in Shotgun Honey

Mosque outside the Mohammediah Village Compound
Mosque outside the Mohammediah Village Compound

This is a late post, so forgive.  In October, Shotgun Honey, an ezine of hardboiled shorts, published my story “Compound Problems.”  The tale was inspired by my experiences living on a small, run-down compound in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The story was drawn from the kind of day-to-day “what ifs” that occurred as I examined the alien nature of expat life in the KSA. The descriptions of the compound, the Daihatsu, flight attendants, pool, and decrepit mini-market were all accurate at one point in my stay, though things began to get better the latter part of my year there.  The rest, lest one think otherwise, was a product of my imagination.  Go check it out here.

Late afternoon at Al Haraam Village, a residential compound in the Basateen district of Jeddah. Long shadows stretched across the stagnant pool, the failing mini market, and the dead palms. A ruined Daihatsu pickup circumnavigated the parking lot coughing up toxic plumes from the mosquito fogger… 

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