Ssshhhh. Do you hear that? It’s the sound of Rumpus weekend features.
Like Wendy C. Ortiz’s mini-interview with Paul. You know, Paul, from Captain Pete’s Bait & Tackle? Paul says things like, “It sounds stupid but I kind of fell into ‘one of the top five notorious biker gangs in the country’ — that’s the feds’ words, not mine.”
And like “The Stench,” Allison Amend’s short story about “forty-four tons of rotting bison meat.” An appetizer to get you started:
When he stood up, he was covered in the slimy mess. It was not the smell that was offensive now so much as the texture of the meat, a gelatinous, runny goo akin to lumpy tapioca pudding. He brushed the maggots off while jumping up and down, hoping that would shake them.