The Yellow Manuscript by Jenny Maloney

New American Legends just picked up my longer-than-100-word short story “The Yellow Manuscript.” You can check it out here.

New American Legends

THE YELLOW MANUSCRIPT by Jenny Maloney

Sylvie Andrews found the dead man’s hidden manuscript in the false bottom of a drawer in his roll-top desk.

It was the stuff of daydreams for a graduate English major to be allowed into legendary novelist George Pickerman’s study in the first place. To find three hundred single-spaced typed pages which had never been seen before was like something out of an Indiana Jones movie; it was all Sylvie could do not to shout in triumph or pee her pants. A false drawer bottom? Really? Who did that?

Pickerman, who had been compared alternatively to H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, and Stephen King, had grown reclusive in later life — which drew even more comparisons, this time to J.D. Salinger. After his sudden death, his wife had made a call to the top graduate programs in the country for three or four Pickerman scholars…

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5 thoughts on “The Yellow Manuscript by Jenny Maloney

  1. Wow, well done Jenny! Pretty fucking awesome how the writing rolls along smoothly as the entire world changes for these people in light of what should have been a fantastic discovery. Instead of being hailed as the discoverers of the lost Pickerman manuscript, life becomes a confusing hell from which there is no escape. The person who reaps the benefits from all this wildness is not who the reader would expect. The comments on the New American Legends site actually add to the overall freakiness of the story. INTENSE!

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