Exit Wound

A young man gives up everything for his lover, who in turn gives up more than even his life for his art—over and over again. This story was nominated for the Gaylactic Spectrum Award.

This tale comes from Stories from the Plague Years, the debut short fiction collection of International Horror Guild Award- and Bram Stoker Award-winner Michael Marano.

ChiZine Publications (CZP) curates the best of the bizarre, bringing you the most excitingly weird, subtle, dark, and disturbing literary fiction. Look for more titles in the ChiZine short stories collection to build your digital library.


Former punk rock DJ, bouncer, male model, and radio producer Michael Marano is a horror, dark fantasy and science fiction writer, with works in anthologies such as The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 11 and Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories from the Edge. His first novel, Dawn Song garnered the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards. Stories From the Plague Years, a collection of Marano’s new and reprinted short fiction, was named one of the Top Ten Horror releases of 2011 by Booklist. His novella Displacement was nominated for a 2011 Shirley Jackson Award. Since 1990, he has been reviewing movies for the Public Radio Satellite System program Movie Magazine International, produced in San Francisco and syndicated in more than 111 markets in the U.S. and Canada. He teaches at Grub Street, a non-profit creative writing centre.

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