the mayan magician
and other stories
“With the publication of The Mayan Magician and Other Stories, Jim Musgrave joins the ranks of the George Saunders, Steven Millhauser and Kevin Brockmeier at the heart of the modern American short story’s second great renaissance. Musgrave writes with commanding authority of both the past and the future, of adventures at home and abroad. He is a skilled stylist and a powerful raconteur. Musgrave’s characters are memorable, courageous, and—like his prose—intensely compelling.” – Jacob M. Appel has published short fiction in more than eighty literary journals including Agni, Alaska Quarterly Review, Apalachee Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Confrontation, Colorado Review, Columbia, Florida Review, Green Mountains Review, Greensboro Review, Gulf Stream, Iowa Review, Louisiana Literature, Michigan Quarterly Review, Nebraska Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Raritan, Seattle Review, Shenandoah, South Dakota Review, Southern Humanities Review, Southwest Review, StoryQuarterly, Subtropics, Threepenny Review, West Branch and Xavier Review. His short story, “Shell Game With Organs,” won the Boston Review Short Fiction Contest in 1998. Another story, “Enoch Arden’s One Night Stands,” won first prize in the New Millennium Writings competition in 2004. A third story, “The Ataturk of the Outer Boroughs,” won the William Faulkner-William Wisdom short story competition. Jacob has also won annual contests sponsored by Missouri Review, Arts & Letters, Briar Cliff Review, North American Review, Sycamore Review, Writers’ Voice, the Dana Awards and Washington Square. His story about two census takers, “Counting,” was short listed for the O. Henry Award in 2001. Other stories received "special mention" for the Pushcart Prize in 2006 and 2007.