Fiction. Most of the pieces in RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT can be thought of as filmic, as "long story short." The shortness of the form works, like the compression required in a good poem. There are four distinct groupings or sets of stories: One set has to do with film, cinema, movies; a second springs from thinking about writing, what is involved; pieces connected with England make a third grouping; and the fourth is the past, that great well. As the French film director Godard said, when a reporter asked him if he thought that a film should have a beginning, middle and end, "Yes. But not necessarily in that order."
Don Skiles is the author of four collections of short fiction: Miss America and Other Stories, The James Dean Jacket Story,, RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT (Pelekinesis, 2017), and ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE ORDINARY (Pelekinesis, 2020). He also wrote the novel FOOTBALL (Pelekinesis, 2014). His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Catamaran, Chicago Quarterly Review, Journal of Experimental Fiction, MungBeing, Over The Transom, Quaartsiluni, Your Golden Sun Still Shines (anth.), and ZYX. His poetry appears in three books from Viking Dog Press/Conehenge Studios (with the work of the painter Claribel Cone): 18 Views of San Francisco, Sono Choushi! and Blue Rhapsody.Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA