Mary Widdicks

Mary Widdicks is a former psychologist turned novelist and freelance journalist. Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, Undark Magazine, Salon, Vox, and more. Mary is also the author of The Mermaid Asylum psychological suspense series. She is a firm believer in strong, twisted female characters and unhappy endings. Raised near Portland, Oregon, Mary now lives in central Illinois where the tallest things for miles are the corn and the tales people have to make up to convince anyone to live there in the winter. Her upcoming novel, "Wounded Creatures," is based loosely on the events in this essay.

Stories By Mary Widdicks

My Father’s Fanatical Feud With the Bullies Next Door Became an All-Out War

When the neighbor boys harassed me, my dad grabbed his rifle and set booby traps. Cops were called. Death threats were made. One thing was certain: He would never let them win.