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Alan Heathcock

Alan Heathcock is the author of VOLT, a collection of stories (Graywolf, 2011). The book was named a Publishers Weekly debut to watch for 2011, a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and selected for inclusion in the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers series. His story, “Peacekeeper,” published in the Fall 2005 issue of VQR, won the National Magazine Award for Fiction and was selected for Best American Mystery Stories.


The Born Agains

Fall 2011 | Fiction

The headlights followed the ruts in the snow, bouncing down through the chute of hickory and dogwood, and then the woods opened and Vernon pumped the brakes, eased the truck to a stop. A crisp moon bulged above the clearing. Smoke trundled from the [...]


Fall 2005 | Fiction

Spring, 1993: There were more direct routes to the Oddfellows Hall, on a dry knob north of town, but Helen Farraley could not see below the muddy flood waters, couldn’t risk wrecking the boat on a tree, or chimney, or telephone pole; who knew what was just below the surface? The streets of town were lined with ancient oak, the leafy tops of which stuck out from the water like massive shrubs, and Helen steered the boat through the channel between them.