The Material is a series from Covered with Fur. It offers a glimpse of the story behind the story and encourages readers to consider writing as process and publishing as material practice. Ashleigh Bell Pedersen’s “Daphne, in the Green Dappled Light,” is this month’s featured fiction.
Ashleigh Bell Pedersen
Ashleigh Bell Pedersen is purportedly related to the Bell family of Adams, Tennessee (famously haunted by the Bell witch), though she is originally from Virginia. Her fiction has appeared in New Stories from the South, the Iowa Review, Design Observer, the Kenyon Review, The Secret History, and has been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories. She holds an MFA in fiction writing and is the founder of Write Well Austin in Austin, Texas. Currently, you can find her deep in the process of writing her first novel.
I. Apollo Longs for the Nymph Daphne His chest still smarted from the arrowhead, and flecks of gold glittered where the blood had shelled: a scab the size of a pencil eraser. A wasp hummed and hovered close to his neck, squatted, and stung—he took no notice. Past the needled branches, Daphne stood shin-deep in […]
Read Part 1 of “Daphne, in the Green Dappled Light” III. Daphne, the River Nymph Daphne preferred to be alone in part because she found the other river nymphs ridiculous and vain. They littered the pine and cypress trees along the stream beds, naked and slothful, dreaming of Poseidon’s angry seas, of swans entering them, of […]