A Mystic Moon is one of those rare short stories—intelligently written, thematically tight, gloriously sensuous, and filled with the drama and angst of a man teetering on the edge of self-fulfilling prophesy.
The prose is gloriously lush and sensual. The main character, Mark, is by no means sympathetic nor likeable, yet as with all who need to learn life’s lessons, he is primed by virtue of his gifts to experience the kind of epiphany only those who fail the litmus test of commitment and honesty can attest to.
Mr. Keehnen employs a familiar trope to outline the personal tragedy Mark is doomed to repeat because the lessons of history wax frail in the face of his intransigence to embrace the bitter truths of his own nature. As Mark works through past into present, he is bestowed an opportunity afforded to few. How he comes to grips with this makes for a powerful and gripping short story.
This one had me from the get-go. Intelligent writing, a true character arc and a tight plot made A Mystic Moon a pleasure to read. I give it my highest recommendation. Five Stars.
Dissatisfied in his relationship and his life, Mark is on the brink of having an affair. On the night of the worm moon he awakens to discover that he is being held captive in an underground tomb by the ghost of Victorian poet Seymour Mortimer. Mortimer shares his tale of woe and the regret he still suffers by failing to risk everything to be with Piotr, his true love. Seymour has until sunrise to convince Mark not to sabotage the relationship without doing his utmost to make it work. If he fails, Seymour will be doomed to suffer until the next worm moon.
Writer and historian Owen Keehnen has had his fiction, essays, erotica, reviews, columns and interviews appear in dozens of magazines and anthologies worldwide.