For our next issue, I’m turning the reins over to our contributing editor, Pei-Ling Lue, who saw issue #141: Nephilim, through our editing process, from start to finish. It’s a beautiful story, and we are so glad to have it in our pages.-HT
One Story got inundated with stories when we opened our submission manager in September. L. Annette Binder’s “Nephilim” was the first piece I plucked from the new batch and I read it three times in a row.
“Nephilim” is a story about a woman afflicted with gigantism and her friendship with a boy named Teddy. I was drawn to the strong narrative voice and the beautiful language. Though the story moves through twenty years in 13 pages, the pacing was pitch-perfect. I found myself wondering why any story ever needed to be longer than 13 pages. No matter how many times I read this piece in edits, each time I got to the final scene, I found myself close to tears.
Last April, the One Story staff attended the AWP conference in Denver. I took a few extra days to visit Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods, so when I arrived at the scene where Freda’s mother points out the mountains and explains that they’re the leftover bones from the Nephilim, I could see exactly what she was describing. This is a story that could have only been inspired by the mountains of Colorado. Read L. Annette Binder’s Q&A to learn more about this story. (And thanks to http://www.rockymtnrefl.com/ for the pic of the Colorado Mountains–a.k.a. The Bones of the Nephilim.)