Labyrinth

My story “Himmelstob’s Labyrinth” has been published online at Automata Review. This story is about a Dean of Engineering with a labyrinth in the basement of his university-appointed house. I hope you like it. Automata Review has an awesome aesthetic, and I’m excited to have a story there!

I’m thrilled to have my short story “Coach O” appear in Best American Mystery Stories 2019! It’s been my dream to have a story in the Best American series. Here’s a cool sentence from the Kirkus Review summary: “Teachers behave badly in Joyce Carol Oates’ ‘The Archivist’ and Robert Hinderliter’s ‘Coach O’ “ I never thought I’d get to share a sentence with Joyce Carol Oates! Best American Mystery Stories is released today, so I hope some of you can check it out!

You can buy it wherever books are sold, including from the publisher here:
https://www.hmhbooks.com/…/The-Best-American-…/9781328636119

I got my contributor’s copies of Puerto del Sol and New Ohio Review this summer:

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“Ask Again” is in Puerto del Sol, and “Coach O” is in New Ohio Review.

It was a good summer. I visited my family in America. Now I’m back in Korea, and now it’s fall, my favorite season. This semester, I’m teaching a class on short stories (the theme I chose is “love stories”) and pre-20th century novels (I chose the Alice in Wonderland novels). One of the stories I’m teaching is “Yours” by Mary Robison. It’s very short, and it’s a fall story. If you’ve never read it, I hope you do: https://electricliterature.com/yours/.

 

Quick Update

August 17, 2018

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this site! Everything (writing, teaching, life, etc.) is all going well. I’ve taught recent university classes on utopia/dystopia novels, pre-20th century supernatural novels, and short stories with the theme of love. I’ve taken recent trips to Norway, Germany, Sardinia, and America. My short stories have been published by quite a few journals recently (pictures below). I’ve finished a full-length collection, and this fall I’ll start the daunting process of trying to get it published. Korea (and most of the world) is terribly hot right now, and the news is mostly bad. If you’re reading this, I hope you’re somewhere cool and that you have someone near you who brings you happiness, such as a friend, lover, parent/child, good-natured co-worker, or a small animal companion.

 

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The newest issue of Phoebe is out, and I’m happy to say that it includes my short story “The Fat Man Invites You to a Picnic by the Sea.” It’s a love story. I’m afraid it’s print-only, but here’s an excerpt:

 

          The fat man implores you to join him. This is a picnic for two.

          The menu will consist of a bucket of clams fresh from the sea, red-skinned potatoes tossed in sheep’s milk and blue cheese, acorn squash stuffed with quinoa and braised lamb, and one sliver of peppermint cheesecake, as small and rich as a poem.

          The picnic will be held tonight, just before sundown, at the gazebo overlooking The Devil’s Punchbowl, where the Pacific Ocean whirls and roils in that great rocky cauldron at the edge of the world. You know the place well. You visited it on your first outing with the fat man, drove there from Salem as he sat in the passenger seat smoking menthols and humming Mahler’s Fifth. At the time he was built like a carnival barker, rotund but not yet fully globular.

          His affection for you, however, was already immense…

          …You seemed to understand everything about the fat man. You saw that he was someone who for much of his life had felt invisible despite—in truth, because of—his tremendous size. So many times he had felt unseen by the rest of the world, by eyes that linger on the slender or the muscular but pass over the large and the soft. You realized that the fat man’s bombast was a form of revolution, a demand to be seen, demand to be acknowledged. He chose to embrace his girth, to flaunt it, to force the world to reckon with his immensity. You understood this. His size did not repel you. A spirit such as his, you said, required a grand container….

 

I hope everyone’s having a good 2017 so far. Maybe this year will be better than the last.

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My first short story about Korea has just been published in the winter issue of Cleaver Magazine. Big thanks to Cleaver for the beautiful presentation!

You can check it out here: http://www.cleavermagazine.com/jinju-in-the-dust-by-robert-hinderliter/

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If you have five minutes to spare, head over to Gravel magazine and check out my story “Train Nights,” which appears in the latest issue. I spent far, far too long researching late nineteenth / early twentieth century railroading for this story, which is under 1,000 words. It’s also a horror story. Happy October!

To read, follow this link:
http://www.gravelmag.com/robert-hinderliter.html

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A beautiful new issue of Fourteen Hills was recently released, and it includes my short story “If in the Night a Grizzly Bear,” which, out of all the stories I’ve written, has the best title.

The journal is print-only, but if you can get your hands on it, I hope you enjoy the story. It’s about a troubled man coming to terms with events in his past, which include surviving a plague of red dust and being subjected to a painful ordeal with a mysterious machine. The title comes from a “Montana lullaby” his grandfather sang to him:

1.

If in the night a grizzly bear

Comes slinking through your door,

He’ll take a taste

Of your face

When you start to snore.

 

A grizzly bear’s a ghastly beast

With teeth as sharp as knives.

He’ll turn your tongue into a feast

And gobble up your eyes.

 

2.

If in the night a grizzly bear

Comes crawling in your room,

Don’t delay,

Just start to pray

Before you meet your doom.

 

A grizzly bear’s a loathsome lout

With black and empty eyes.

He’ll open you from gut to snout

And snack on your insides.

 

3.

If in the night a grizzly bear

Comes growling in your home,

You’re out of luck

‘Cause he will suck

The meat off all your bones.

 

A grizzly bear’s a gruesome brute

With paws of razor claws.

Your tender parts are juicy fruit

In his wretched jaws.

 

4.

If in the night a grizzly bear

Comes creeping to your bed,

You’ll hope to die

After you eyes

Are gobbled from your head.

 

A grizzly bear’s a fiendish fiend

With fur as soft as lace.

He’ll give a belch after he’s cleaned

The meat off of your face.

 

I hope everyone’s having a nice summer.

 

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I wrote an old-timey witch story that was just published in the newest issue of Literary Orphans, a beautiful online literary magazine. It includes some great unsettling art (especially in the browser version) by Menerva Tao that fits the story’s tone really well. You can check it out here: http://www.literaryorphans.org/playdb/hag-robert-hinderliter/

(Art above is “Secrets” by Menerva Tao)

 

dangerous

My short story “Dangerous to Go Alone” has just been published in issue 7 of Pinball, a very cool online literary magazine. This story is a re-imagining of an iconic moment in video game history, from the The Legend of Zelda. Hope you like it!

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