Webster Murphy Allen, 1925-2012

Meet Webster Murphy Allen, a fictional lawyer who was born in April 1925 and who died yesterday. He has several siblings, children, grandchildren, and a wife, with whom he was vacationing when he died.

Allen is also the subject of the forthcoming Pure Slush print anthology, obit., for which submissions are currently being accepted.

My relationship with Pure Slush, the Australia-based journal of fiction and nonfiction, began with an essay about Avery, and now includes stories in two print anthologies, Slut and the forthcoming, Gorge.

I asked  Matt Potter, the publisher of the magazine, if I could write the titular obituary for the obit. print anthology, and he agreed, leading to Allen’s entrance.

And exit.

At least from the mortal coil.

Other writers can contribute stories about Allen and/or his family, exploring what is and isn’t said in the obituary. Maybe something in the obituary didn’t happen quite as it has been reported. Maybe some relatives aren’t mentioned. Or maybe Allen isn’t the legal lion he is thought to be. Who can say what skeletons will be found.

You can read more about Allen here: pureslush.webs.com/webstermurphyallen.htm.

And submit. Please. Let’s find out together who this man was.

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