I don't write many short stories, but I did this
one with talented fantasy writer Christie Golden
for an anthology Jennifer Roberson edited for
DAW Books. The anthology was titled "Highwaymen:
Robbers and Rogues," and it began when a group
of writers in Jennifer's old Genie topic began
talking about how much they loved Alfred Noyes'
poem, arguably one of the most tragic romantic
poems ever penned.
Jennifer thought it might be fun to do an anthology
about Highwaymen, so she sold the idea to DAW
Books, her publisher. Writers began coming up
with all kinds of ideas for highwaymen - and highwaywomen
- stories. There were fairy highwaymen, and vampire
highwaymen, and modern-day highwaymen, and highwaymen
from all cultures and times past.
My comment was, "Well, someone should write a
sequel to the original poem." And Jennifer's reply
was, "Go right ahead!" I talked the idea over
with Christie Golden, so we decided to write the
story as a collaboration. I'm putting the story
on my website as it's one few of my readers have
ever read, with Christie's kind permission.
You can visit Christie's website here: www.christiegolden.com.
So here is "Though Hell Should Bar the Way." I'm
including the poem that inspired it, because it's
now in public domain. Enjoy!
-- Ann Crispin