Forked Tongue

The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir, edited by Gary Phillips. (2017) Winner of the Anthony Award for best anthology

My short story, Forked Tongue, is included is this far-out anthology of stories which riff on the conspiracy theories that grew out of the Obama years. So many conspiracies, so many lizard people! My story takes place in Montana, where I live, and features a secret force of undercover operatives called the “OO,” for Obama Operatives. Fake news, Russian spies, Edward Snowden and more… and a glimpse of a post-presidency Obama!


“Resistance takes many forms, particularly in the current political climate. Few methods of protest are as cheerfully strange and purposefully bizarre as THE OBAMA INHERITANCE.” —The Washington Post

“It’s a commonplace these days to say that real life has become so unpredictable that it outstrips anything anyone could dream up in fiction. I think I’m guilty of having made that banal observation a few times. But that was before I read The Obama Inheritance, a collection of 15 stories so sly, fresh and Bizarro World witty, they reaffirm the resiliency of the artistic imagination.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR Fresh Air

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