Allan Rae

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Welcome to my online portfolio, home to what I feel constitutes my best literary nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, & photography, with links to my published work, as well as the occasional editorial or research update.

Shivers: Part 1



To a dispassionate observer, they were nothing less than the predictive responses to human themes. A Jungian analysis would easily have mapped the patterns out in no more than two sessions. For the children involved, a bright and purposeful counselor would have seen them each prosper to their full potential. After all, they were brilliant. In 1981, pedagogical theorists had just begun calling right hemispherical brain dominance combined with IQ’s measured at 150 or above, atypically gifted.

Years after that summer, the parents would tell themselves, sometimes even successfully, that it began as a noble idea. After all, the best interests of their children, the only concern. An intensive summer of study, a normative routine, it was structured discipline meant to apply a needed and missing focus. Wonderfully and ethically provided by the tall, slim head master from England, Leland Quinley.

A man who had come to them highly recommended. Another fact that, years later, the parents would attempt, less successfully, to reconcile. Whether it was one too many attempts, or perhaps the futility of trying to ignore what they each knew at their core; that what happened to their children that summer in 1981, is something that simply can never, ever be reconciled.

Lakeside Chronicle, September, 1981

… As reported by Chief Sandreck, fire still burns at the lakeside property outside Waleston. While no one from the town or cottage area has been reported missing, we have received, and continue to receive, several reports of what appear to be large remains being found in the vicinity of the original blaze. However the Lakeside District coroners office cannot say for certain if the remains are that of animal, or human ...

The Pain Of Light And Fur: A Day In The Life of Her Only Child

A Neccesary Rest