Other Published Writing – Fiction

Some of the stories mentioned here are featured in my 2014 collection Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary edition and Other Writings. I hope you’ll pick up a copy today so that in addition to the novella Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, you can also read Genevieve, Sexy Sadie, The Man of Her Dreams, Teacher May, At Sea, Somebody!, Country Club Kids, After Glow, Cold Paradise, Portent, Friday Night Fish Fry, Soca Night, Rhythms, and Martin, Dorie, and Luis: a Love Story. – Joanne C. Hillhouse

Little Prissy Palmer in The Machinery – March 24th 2017:

Excerpt:
“Being from a village behind God back, Prissy didn’t have friends there either. The island was mostly black, the school was mostly white, and Prissy, with skin the dull shade of a peanut shell, was neither this nor that. Always a minority, and cursed with her daddy’s cast eye and the bully-bait name he’d burdened her with, school days were very long for little Prissy Palmer.”

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The Other Daughter in Adda – February 14th 2017:

Excerpt:
“My daddy is Prime Minister. I was born in the back room of a whore house on Popeshead Street. I lived there with my mother.”

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Zombie Island in Interviewing the Caribbean 2016 Vol. 2 No.1, A History of Violence Part 1, the Making of Caribbean Society – 2016:Interviewing the Caribbean

Excerpt:
“It began with a boy shoving a knife into another boy’s back broad daylight at the west going bus stop, and my mother, watching it on the news that night, tut-tut-tutting about gangs and drugs and how nobody respected their school uniform anymore, as though that mattered when the trending story on our sleepy 108 square mile island was boy stabs boy for no clear reason. Well, it didn’t begin there but that’s when I took notice. Because, see, I knew the boy, Emerson, who had wielded the knife and the Emerson I knew was startled by his own shadow.”

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Game Changer in Moko: Caribbean Arts and Letters – Issue 9, July 2016:

Excerpt:
“I could see those lips on billboards in close up and, as a result, in hundreds of women’s fantasies. I knew the woman too. She’d be about my age, 23, driven, too driven to settle or settle down just yet, but in possession of a working vibrator and an active imagination. I wonder if that’s why my boss chose me. The singer’s father wasn’t lying when he implied that I was too young, too fresh for such a big, and tricky, account.”

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This fictional piece I did about a sexual assault during Carnival was published on The Crier (they headlined it ‘It was rape…um…I think’). I have re-posted it here as Carnival Hangover:

Excerpt:
“A fantasy of body suits and shiny things, music and rum – the very act of Carnival, itself, a masque or an unmasking, she supposed, depending on how you chose to look at it.”

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When We danced (winner of the Caribbean Writer Flash Fiction Prize) Volume 29 of The Caribbean Writer – 2015:

Excerpt:
“You were wearing pink and a smile.”

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What’s in a Name – BIM: Arts for the 21st Century – Volume 7 – 2015:

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Excerpt:
“Matthew Henry Luke was, at seven, an odd looking boy; small for his age, but with a man-sized head. From the settled look of him there wouldn’t be much more growing either, not in his body anyway. The head looked like it was just getting started.”

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With Grace (unpublished fairy tale named honourable mention in the) Desi Writers Lounge short story contest – 2014. This story is now my picture book With Grace. The Desi judges said: “This story came ever so close to making it to the top three. With Grace combines feelings of love, hate, greed and generosity to weave a powerful narrative that is magical in spirit and human in character. Hillhouse is an accomplished writer and her elegant prose shines through in this story.”

Excerpt:
“The grinning tree faerie does a little wine and bubble as the girl sings, loving this new world.”

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To Market, SnapshotSusumba’s Book Bag
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 issue 1 – 2014:

Excerpt:
“The bride he’d squired in the Cuban cane fields might not speak a word of English, but as sure as she’d known, on seeing the mischief in his eyes and the loneliness behind it, that he would bring love and adventure into her life, that she would bring family back into his, she knew this woman was important.”

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Something Wicked, ‘Story of the Week’ in The Missing Slate – 2014/Carnival Blues in The Caribbean Writer Volume 27 – 2013:

Excerpt:
“She presses some buttons and the screaming starts again and though Claudette knows it isn’t real, her feet dance a bit on the floor of the passenger-side of Essie’s dad’s Suzuki, as though trying to get away.”

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Is Like a Like It (screenplay excerpt) in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 27 – 2013:

Excerpt:
“She begins powdering her face and neck, heavily. Then she applies lip stick, eye shadow, rouge, eye liner, false eye lashes. The coloured wig follows. Finally, long dangly earrings that match lip stick, wig, and eye shadow.”

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All Fall Down in Womanspeak: a Journal of Art and Writing by Caribbean Women, Volume 7 – 2013:

Excerpt:
“I cry most when I think of her. I cry late at night, when there are no more visitors and everyone sleeps. I can’t sleep.”

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The Cat has Claws in Akashic Books’ online series Mondays are Murder – 2013:

Excerpt:
“Goldine paused in her walk up the bumpy path to Pastor Williams’s house. She removed the straw hat keeping company with her soaking wet head kerchief; fanned with it, for all the good that did. She looked up the road to where the house stood alone, alabaster white against the green hills rolling away from it. The crotons, bougainvillea, pussy tail, and other foliage in the expansive yard looked limp .” Read the whole thing

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Amelia (shortlisted, unpublished) in the Small Axe Literary Competition – 2013 (subsequently published in 2014 in Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean and excerpted in 2017 in Harper Collins’ Concise Revision Course – English A – a Concise Revision Course for CSEC:

Excerpt:
“How long she screams, before finally sitting in the dirt dejectedly like a two year old, she doesn’t know.  But they never look in her direction. And as they start to pack up and pull away, she grows desperate, doesn’t want to be left alone, up here at the Eastern edge of the island. All alone; not knowing how she is going to get home.”

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Genevieve (shortlisted) in the Small Axe Literary Competition – 2012 (subsequently published in 2014 in Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings):

Excerpt:
“And so she liked evenings where it felt like she was walking away from her life into this sunset that bathed the evening in possibility. So much was possible on the dawn of sunset, as she huffed and puffed her way up Garvey Hill. Like maybe tonight she wouldn’t eat more than her portion of the leftover seasoned rice. And maybe tonight she wouldn’t feel so alone.”

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Teacher May in Poui Number Xll – 2011:

Excerpt:
“But there was something else, something to do with the search for a daddy, a place to be. His mother had tried, she’d tried her best, and I wished I could comfort her and tell her that.”

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At Sea in Munyori – 2011:

Excerpt:
“And here they both were, father and daughter; waiting.”

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Somebody in St. Somewhere – Autumn 2010:

Excerpt:
“It wasn’t much of a life.”

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Country Club Kids in The Caribbean Writer – Volume 24 – 2010:

Excerpt:
“He tries to psyche me out before the next serve, steely stare and all. But then, my backhand meets his forehand and we’re off again; until my dark skin is slick and his usually pale skin blushes hibiscus red. His bangs are dripping sweat into his eyes and unto his nose, and I can feel water running between my cornrows.”

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After Glow in Tongues of the Ocean – 2009 (subsequently published in 2012 in So the Nailhead Bend, So the Story End):

Excerpt:
“Glory turned her back on the day, reaching for the dream with languid arms; like a lover tired from the last round of lovemaking but yearning for more. But, like a lover who’d had enough, the dream drifted away.”

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Cold Paradise in Women Writers – Special Issue (Serving the Spirits: Women and Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture) August 2008:

Excerpt:
“Devil’s Bridge, as it is called, is a wide open space with fat slabs of jagged rock; some bleached white, some almost black with moss.”

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Portent in Women Writers  – Special Issue (Serving the Spirits: Women and Voodoo in Literature and Popular Culture) August 2008

Excerpt:
“She remembered vividly being ripped from this womb, the day the woman trudged up the hill purposefully; come up from the city, Roseau, to claim her.”

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Friday Night Fish Fry in Sea Breeze Journal – Volume 5 Issue 1 – 2008:

Excerpt:
“They were bold, these kids; stared you straight in the face, a dare in their eyes and in the set of their shoulders.”

Author’s note: In 2008, I read Friday Night Fish Fry at the Breadloaf Writers Conference where I was the Michael and Marilee Fairbanks International Fellow. Here’s the recording, posted with totally random reading images on my youtube channel.

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Soca Night in Carnival is All We Know: Daily Observer’s 50th Anniversary of Carnival’s literary and artistic anthology (which I also edited) – 2007

Excerpt:
“- high heels, hoity-toity-ness and all – ”

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Rhythms in The Caribbean Writer, Volume 18 – 2004:

Excerpt:
“Moses is still on the bass, turning this way and that in time with the faster rhythm. In his shadow, playing air pan, is Ashe, his movements an echo of his father’s.”

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Martin, Dorie and Luis: A Love Story in the Sunday Observer Literary Arts Section in Jamaica – January 18th 2004:

Excerpt:
“It was then he realized he was still holding her arm. He let go. Though, Martin could acknowledge, without pride or regret, all these years later, he had never really let go.”

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Bitter Memories in Collective Soul – 1998:

Excerpt:
“She felt powerless in the face of his arrogance.”

^Fiction Trivia: First published work of fiction was serialized in the local Nation newspaper in my teens. 

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