Matthew Di Paoli


Matthew Di Paoli received his BA at Boston College where he won the Dever Fellowship and the Cardinal Cushing Award for Creative Writing. He has also been nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize and won the Prism Review Short Story Contest. Matthew earned his MFA in Fiction at Columbia University. He has been published in Neon, Litro, CURA, Squalorly, Carte Blanche, Black Denim Lit, Gigantic, Fiction Week, and Post Road literary magazines among others. Currently he's publishing a novel entitled Killstanbul with El Balazo Press, shopping a novel entitled Holliday, and is teaching Writing and Literature at Monroe College.

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Price: Free! Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015 by Neon Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Matthew Di Paoli's short story "Quicksand" first appeared in issue thirty-nine of Neon. It's a dark little tale about a man who finds himself stuck in a patch of quicksand while on his way to the butcher. As the story progresses he sinks deeper and deeper, while the world around him continues apace - not even a visit from his parents or a new prospective love interest can save him from sinking.

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