You never know what you'll find in the State of Clayton, so keep on your toes. Oh, and if you run into an old man with a long white beard in a dark blue robe, please contact the management and do NOT approach him. He's an evil wizard who's escaped from his cave, and we're all a bit nervous about it.
And, look, if you're too uneasy to move forward, just head straight over to the blog or the books. You'll be safe(r) there.
Clayton Smith is a Midwestern writer who once erroneously referred to himself as a national treasure. He writes novels, short stories, and plays, mostly. His work has been featured on the popular Internet site Amazon, and he has had plays produced rather mercilessly in St. Louis and New York City. His novels include Apocalypticon, Anomaly Flats, and Mabel Gray and the Wizard Who Swallowed the Sun. He lives outside of Chicago with his impressively tolerant wife and a schnauzer who just thinks he knows soooooo much.
You gaze up at the stars, and they twirl overhead in a lazy ballet, and it so so heart-crushingly beautiful that your bones begin to ache and tears well up in your throat. You reach up, wanting to touch the stars, wanting to be the stars, and for a moment, you feel as if you might actually brush against the night sky...but suddenly, a loudspeaker bolted to a nearby telephone pole squawks to life, and a woman's voice says:
Attention, Anomaly Flats: Today's Air Quality Index color is periwinkle. Be advised that breathing may cause irregular life conditions. All citizens breathe at their own risk. The Walmart is having a sale on canned tuna this week, three cans for $2.49. The Walmart would like to remind you that the canned tuna is in Aisle 3, not Aisle 8, and it is perfectly safe there. Attention, Anomaly Flats: Do not go into Aisle 8 of the Walmart. Do not go into the Walmart. Do not ever go into the Walmart.
You're so caught up in the strangeness of the announcement that you don't see the tentacle slithering out of the sewer drain behind you. And as it reaches for your leg, you think...Where am I?
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