Losslit contributor:
Robert James Russell

Robert James Russell is the author of the chapbook Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out, and the novels Sea of Trees and Mesilla, a Western forthcoming in 2015 from Dock Street Press. He is the co-founder and Managing Editor of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic, and the founder of the online literary journal CHEAP POP. You can find him online at robertjamesrussell.com.

Twitter: @robhollywood

Website: http://www.robertjamesrussell.com/

Fire Starter

Just this morning I was at work, drinking coffee with that powdered cream that has too many ingredients, when I smelled the unmistakable odor of singed hair—an odor that, if you’re familiar with it, you’re instantly able to place.