Clowns. Much like the platypus, they are a wonder of nature that can simultaneously entertain and horrify. And while clowns feature prominently in “Cannonball,” author Matt McDonald instead relies on the innocent malevolence of children to do the dirty work in his story. An interesting take on the human cycle of acquisition and abandonment, “Cannonball” will make you laugh until you realize just how far things are about to go, and by the time you’ve gotten that far, it’s too late to do anything about it, so you might as well enjoy the ride.

“Cannonball” is the final story in this iteration of Empty Sink Publishing. We are going on indefinite hiatus at this time. Adam and I are both honored to have had the opportunity to publish such incredible authors and artists over the past four years. Our contributors and their work are constant proof that the art of storytelling is not dead; it’s very much alive, has claws, and is terribly hungry.

Keep reading. Keep writing. Keep telling the stories people want to hear, and especially the ones they don’t.

–E. Branden Hart, Executive Editor, 10/1/2017