“A Question of Madness” in The Copperfield Review

-->
The Old Stone Fort in Nacogdoches, Texas, from an early 20th century postcard

The Old Stone Fort in Nacogdoches, Texas, from an early 20th century postcard

Shannon’s short story, “A Question of Madness,” has been published in the Summer 2014 issue of The Copperfield Review.

Set in Texas in 1821, the story springs from an incident recounted in Letters from an Early Settler of Texas, by William Bluford DeWees. DuWees was one of the early settlers in Stephen Austin’s colony in Texas.

The story begins:

The white man on a roan horse did not, in his dusty appearance, differ from many who straggled into Nacogdoches on the trail from San Antonio de Béxar to Louisiana. American traders, vagabonds and adventurers were common in this corner of Texas, joining Spaniards, Frenchmen, Mexicans, Indians and a few free Negroes seeking to improve their fortunes. It was the man’s request that distinguished him.

To read “A Question of Madness,” click here.

To read the history behind the story, click here.

The white man on a roan horse did not, in his dusty appearance, differ from many who straggled into Nacogdoches on the trail from San Antonio de Béxar to Louisiana.

Shannon Selin