J. M. Sullivan is the managing editor of The Newfoundland Quarterly, one of Canada’s longest-running arts and culture magazines. She’s been at the helm since 2008. She is also a freelance...
I usually come to new stories with either a first line or a first image in mind. With Hysteria, it was an image – almost a moment, really. A young mother, lounging on a wooden raft in a quiet pond with her child, suddenly is witness to a strange and unexplainable event. It's a hot and lazy day, the woman is half-dozing. She looks up to see a second child, a strange little girl, has appeared out of nowhere.