To begin with, this is not a new story. What I did was to take the opening chapter of Chasing the Phoenix, the second novel-length Darger and Surplus adventure, and lightly edit it. Et voila! The Death of Aubrey Darger--a perfect, stand-alone short story.
Marianne Porter has made of this story a perfectly lovely chapbook, bound in black paper, with a label modified from Abraham Lincoln's death announcement. This is a hand-stitched, signed, and issued in an edition of 100.
She is selling the chapbooks, as usual, for far too little money. $12 in the US and $14 internationally, postage included.
More information, including how to buy one, can be found at www.dragonstairs.comwww.dragonstairs.com.
And if you want one . . .
I asked Marianne how many Dragonstairs publications (chapbooks, cigar box assemblages, and related forms) there have been. She told me that prior to this one, there have been 2,694 individual copies of 43 separate titles. Of these only 40 individual copies of three titles (12 of Winter Solstice, 27 of The Third Frankenstein, and 1 of Cigar Box Faust) remain.
As of an hour and 17 minutes after publication, roughly one half of all available copies of The Death of Aubrey Darger are still available.
'Nuff, as Stan Lee used to say, said.