The protagonist from KM Vaghela’s beautifully haunting ‘Poor Thing’ in issue 2 doesn’t have a name. We know her only as ‘girl’. But that doesn’t mean we don’t live, breath, and feel with her long after the story is finished.
- What is your greatest fear? My mother’s stare.
- On what occasion do you lie? When my mother has the stare in her eyes.
- Which talent would you most like to have? Rock climbing, or better yet, tree climbing.
- What is your greatest regret? Never telling Nirav that he’s my one and only crush.
- How would you like to die? Old age, in my sleep.
KM Vaghela, who holds a MFA in Fiction, and teaches writing at the university of Maryland, tells us this about the story: ‘Poor Thing’ originated from a phone call. I was thirteen and my mother was habitually twirling the curly, long cord connected to the head piece while watching something on the stove. It was her voice that made me lift my head from my work and listen. There were too many exclamation marks in her breath. When she hung up, we children gathered around curiously. The story she told clung to us for weeks. It was a story we could not understand, living in America where 911 was the answer for all trouble. How could there be no 911 solution in our mother country of India? I wrote the first draft at fifteen, and it has evolved slowly into a piece which I hope will touch any who read it.
You can find ‘Poor Thing’ in the Spring 2014 issue of Pulp Literature, available as ebook or in print on our Kickstarter page: