“The Receiving Tower” by Matt Bell

In his Willow Springs profile, author Matt Bell details the origins of his uncanny story, “The Receiving Tower.” Once he’s described his decisions regarding the story’s language, voice, and its numbered structure, he says, “Most of this I didn’t know about until I’d been working on this story for weeks, long after it already had a beginning, middle, and end. This was a story that started with a single image—the meteors falling through the northern lights over the tower—and absolutely nothing else. Discovering the rest of the story required dozens of iterations of key scenes and images and individual sentences, all of which required a lot of meticulous attention combined with an openness to revision and rewriting.”

“The Receiving Tower” was originally published in Willow Springs 65.

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