Our new issue, “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre,” was pulled from the slush pile by our associate managing editor, the intrepid Pei-Ling Lue. Pei-Ling became “Frost Mountain’s” issue editor, shepherding it through the entire publication process, and so I’m turning the reins over to her to introduce you all to a great new writer: Seth Fried. —HT
I first encountered Seth Fried’s work from the slush pile, but by the time I replied to him about that particular story, it had already been accepted by another magazine. I thought that he had a unique voice which is funny and creepy and yet sympathetic—a true One Story voice.
When I first read “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre,”I knew that it was the sort of story that would appeal to our readers. It’s about a community of people who are drawn to the mysterious Frost Mountain Picnic. Although a massacre occurs every year, the community feels compelled to attend for the sake of their children. As I read this, I found myself laughing at some of the ridiculous way people die, but there was a very human element in the way the townspeople are led by their desire to give their children every advantage, a trait that clouds their judgment, something that happens in our own lives.
When I shared this story with our One Story interns, each one of them approached me individually to talk about how much they liked the story. I know that this is one issue that will get passed around and discussed.
If you live on the Upper West Side of New York City and want to receive a free copy of “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre,” my dad will be including an issue with every dining and take-out order at his restaurant Obento Delight as a gift to his customers for the first few weeks in September. Obento Delight is located at 210 W. 94th street.
Go here to read Seth’s Q&A with us and find out more about “Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre.”—Pei-Ling Lue