Title: The Mysterious Midnight Ride. Completion date: circa 1961. Age of the author: ~12. Circumstances of discovery: cleaning office.
Here it is, folks. You’ve been clamoring for the archivists to uncover this work (seriously, a few of you have), and now it’s before you. My first story set to paper, when I was in 6th grade. My co-conspirator in this was my childhood best friend, Mike, now better known as classical music composer R. Michael Daugherty. I say co-conspirator rather than coauthor, because while we devised the story together, we each wrote our own version. I wonder if his has survived. I seem to recall that he wrote in the first person; mine is in third person. That’s about all I remember about it.
Herewith, I present you with The Mysterious Midnight Ride, complete and unexpurgated!
Laurel S Oswalt
Jeff, we should workshop this story. I have a few notes.
Jeffrey A. Carver
I was thinking this might be my best shot at a Hugo, eh?
Just do what I suggest, and I think you have a winner!