CONCORD Tony Haney said his monthly fiction magazine is like a “redneck Twilight Zone.”
The Cabarrus County native calls it “The County Line.”
“I’ve always been interested in writing, and I have always been interested in creating crazy characters,” Haney said.
Most of the stories are narrated by a character called The Ghost Writer with his sidekick, Toes, a spider who likes to nibble at toes.
The latest edition features two short stories. The first is “A Pikchur of the Real Sanny Clause.” It is dedicated to pastors Brad and Judy Hargett and pastors Donald and Judy Starnes, who have encouraged his writing, Haney said.
The second story is “December 26th.” Haney said it is dedicated those who have lost loved ones. He said losing his grandmother on Christmas Eve, 2001 influenced the story.
“The County Line” also has a black and white illustrated cover and sometimes illustrations inside, all drawn by Haney in black and white.
“I just like black and white. I don’t know why. Some people ask me why I don’t add color, but to me it has more dimension and depth,” said Haney, who is a Concord High School graduate.
Haney said his writing is geared to an adult audience. He said he would not label the work as Christian fiction, but biblical teachings and themes can be seen.
Haney said his dream is to some day have a publisher, but until then he will continue to self-publish. The audience is growing each month.
“The County Line” is available at Collectivity on West Fisher Street in Salisbury
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