For eleven months of the year the three generations existed in harmony beneath the same roof. That tragedy had befallen the family seven years ago no lodger or patron in the establishment would ever suspect or admit. But lodgers were few and patrons fewer. And that’s the way the McGuires liked it. For with just enough business passing through the inn to supplement the livelihood the small farm provided, there was less in the way of temptation on offer to the marauders who had been plaguing establishments like theirs for many years. These bandits had struck them on two occasions, terrifying the children and the grandparents.
Steve Wade is the author of The Christmas Market.
A prize nominee for the PEN/O’Henry Award, 2011, and a prize nominee for the Pushcart Prize, 2013, Steve Wade’s fiction has been published widely in print and online. His work has won awards and been placed in prestigious writing competitions, including being shortlisted in the Francis McManus Short Story Competition, 2013 (the story was recorded by a professional actor and Broadcast on RTE Radio One), shortlisted among five in the Wasafiri Short Story Prize 2011, a nomination for the Hennessy New Irish Writer Prize, and Second Place in the International Biscuit Publishing contest, 2009. His novel ‘On Hikers’ Hill’ was awarded First Prize in the UK abook2read Literary Competition, December 2010 – among the final judging panel was the British lyricist sir Tim Rice. His fiction has been published in over twenty-five print publications, including Crannog, Zenfri Publications, New Fables, Gem Street, Grey Sparrow, Fjords Arts and Literary Review, and Aesthetica Creative Works Annual.