I have had a lifelong fascination with—and dread of—sharks.
I have also been a lifelong resident of southern Ohio, a region that borders the Ohio River. As I type these words, the Ohio River is but a short drive from here. (I could walk there, in fact.)
A few years back, I started reading news reports about bull sharks turning up in the Mississippi River. The Ohio River, though far to the north, connects to the Mississippi.
I got to wondering: what if there were sharks in the Ohio River?
Hey, what if?
The result was the short story, “By the River”, which you can read for free here on Edward Trimnell Books.
“By the River” is one of the stories in my 2011 collection, Hay Moon & Other Stories.