I wrote the story in early 2010 to submit for publication in an anthology being put together by Lyndon Perry, publisher of the Residential Aliens website. Lyn publishes speculative fiction with spiritual overtones. He had previously published a short story of mine called, Supernal, that I had written for a creative writing class (my teacher liked it). When I saw his request for submissions for stories for his anthology, I felt compelled to see if I could come up with a story that would fit. The idea of being in a printed anthology was exciting to me.
At that time, I was still putting out a lot of biographical material in my storytelling. I think that's a phase writers have to get through. Because I grew up a basic WASP in the south, a lot of that material involves the local religious culture, good and bad. And being a basic geek made me a bully target, so I had feelings about that to expunge as well. My most thorough treatment of all this is in my little e-novel, A Single Step, but first there was, Davis and the Goth.
Davis and the Goth was inspired by my uncomfortable times as a teenager at church camps. The inadequaces and humiliations I experienced (or at least perceived) I rolled into my protagonist, Marc Davis. My experiences at church camps weren't as bad as I portray in this story, but there were times when I felt they were. And a kid being bullied without the confidence to fight back often longs for a miracle. So I came up with a story about a bullied geek finding a miracle.
The story was inspired by the story of David and Goliath (did you get that from the title?) and I maintained Biblical allusions through the story (I did the same with Madam President) because it just seemed to work, and I needed something to key off of in the story's telling. In fact, the story is so based in Biblical themes and southern religious culture that I put it in a category of "Christian Fantasy" on Smashwords. I think it will not be offensive to Christian readers even though I don't consider myself a writer of Christian fiction.
By the way, I hope that my story is not offensive to actual goths. That is, people who like to dress in sort-of Victorian English dress and favor vampire-like complexions. I have nothing against anyone who does that, I was just reaching for an alliteration with "Goliath" and for an "on the edge" personality for my bully antagonist. I'm sure that few goths are bullies.
So Davis and the Goth was included in Mr. Perry's "spiritually infused" anthology that came out in July of 2011. The anthology is entitled While the Morning Stars Sing and it can be purchased on the CreateSpace website here. This is an excellent anthology of speculative fiction short stories and I'm honored to be among its authors. If you like fanciful stories that vibrate in the spiritual, you'll love this book. You can find my review of it here. Hey, it would make a great Christmas gift!
Now, over a year later, I've decided to put out an ebook version of Davis and the Goth. It is also for sale and I hope that maybe I've interested you enough to part with $3 to download it in a format for your ereader, computer, or mobile device. Or maybe if you're impressed enough with my work to be interested in the coming Dentville novels, you'll subscribe to The Dentville Stories Newsletter and get Davis and the Goth for free.