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Walter's Christmas Night-Musik

Walter's Christmas Night-Musik

Walter's Christmas Night-Musik


Short Story by Susan J. Kroupa

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SHORT FICTION: STORIES PUBLISHED DECEMBER 1997

My favorite story in the December Realms of Fantasy—Walter is the canonical hapless good soul oppressed by the Scrooges of the world, but the inevitability of his vindication is mediated by the story's affectionate musical expertise and good-natured charm

Mark R. Kelly, Locus

SPECIAL HOLIDAY RECOMMENDED READING LIST 2014

A wonderful story about Christmas Night visitors. . . . I found myself thinking about this story long after I finished reading it

Kristine Kathryn Rusch, kriswrites.com

ABOUT THIS SHORT STORY


A little magic, a little Mozart, an unexpected miracle on Christmas Eve…

Nothing has gone right for Walter Gunther since his wife died. He had to sell his music store to pay her medical bills and take a job as a clerk in Disks Galore, a big box music store. His manager bullies him and knows nothing about the classical music Walter has cherished all his life. The man can’t even pronounce Mozart’s name correctly. But when Walter is forced to work late on Christmas Eve, he receives a musical gift beyond his wildest imagining.

Originally published in Realms of Fantasy (December 1997), “Walter’s Christmas-Night Musik” was hailed for its “affectionate musical expertise and good-natured charm,” by Locus reviewer Mark Kelly, who also chose it as the best story of that issue. A warm and wonderful story sure to delight music lovers everywhere.

ABOUT SUSAN J. KROUPA


Before she let her writing go to the dogs, Susan J. Kroupa won awards for her fiction from such places as the Utah Arts Council Contest, Writers of the Future and the Deep South Writing Competition. Her stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy and in a variety of anthologies, including Bruce Coville’s Shapeshifters. Now, she is perhaps best known for her Doodlebugged Mysteries, a gentle cozy series featuring the irrepressible but obedience-impaired sniffer-dog, Doodle.

In addition to working as a librarian, and as a music reviewer and columnist for the Herald-Times in Bloomington, IN, she has lived and worked on both the Hopi and Navajo reservations. Her non-fiction publications include features about environmental issues and Hopi Indian culture for The Arizona Republic, High Country News, American Forests, and the Bristol Herald-Courier.

She now lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwestern Virginia with her husband and a trouble-prone labradoodle whose superpower is bringing home dead possums. You can learn more about her on her webpage www.susankroupa.com or by subscribing to her newsletter (where you can sometimes get free stories and other cool stuff) at http://eepurl.com/3PUR1.