A Novelette By Robert Swartwood


Author’s Note

In high school I’d written a horror short story called “In the Tall Grass.” As is the case with almost all of my early work, it evolved through the years and was expanded into a 10,000-word novelette called “Through the Guts of a Beggar.” It was eventually accepted for the pulpy monster horror anthology Tooth & Claw, edited by J. F. Gonzalez and Garrett Peck. The response to the anthology was greater than the editors had at first anticipated, and so they decided to split the anthology into two volumes. The first was released in 2002, with the idea that the second volume—containing my novelette—would be released the next year.

Unfortunately, the publisher folded before the second volume could be released. At the time there was talk the second volume might see the light of day elsewhere, but then more years passed and it became clear my novelette was now homeless. And as I was working on other projects and placed the novelette on a backburner, it remained homeless until last year, when I released it as an e-book.

The e-book—seen on the sidebar—can be purchased for 99 cents, and includes the original novelette as well as an alternate ending (3,000 words long) and two bonus short stories (5,000 words combined). But I’ve decided to also present the original novelette for free here on this site to enjoy.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy Through the Guts of a Beggar. If at all possible, please make sure to leave a comment when you’re done.

Yours truly,

Robert Swartwood