Coming April 30!
A novelette from Emerge Literary Journal:
Sixteen year-olds Harlan, Brooks, and Don't-Call-Me-Tiffany-Sue T. S. have zilch to do during their summer in a podunk Southern swamp town. T. S., who'd give a lesser toe (or maybe pose in Playboy) to escape, hits on a brilliant idea: if a bad tabloid can play cut-and-paste with Bigfoot photos, why can't they serve up the real thing? They'll rake in cash, and even better, she'll finally outshine her beauty-queen sister. T. S. cons hulking Harlan into some bad body paint, a clip-on tail, and concrete-clawed shoes, then sets him loose on the locals. But as the sightings spiral out of control, Brooks finds himself playing her fake boyfriend—and wishing he were the real thing.
When money doesn't rain down quite like they planned, Harlan begins to back out. Enter The Weekly Weird News, a seriously inept cryptozoologist, and their drunken gas station buddy, Trey. Brooks has a crush. Harlan wants out. But T. S. still wants more . . .