New short story “Willie the Weirdo” in McSweeney’s Issue 66 (McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern)

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McSweeney’s three-time National Magazine Award-winning quarterly returns with 66th issue. A beautiful back-to-basics paperback, Issue 66 features a band-new story by Stephen King. Ever changing, each issue of the quarterly is completely redesigned (there have been hardcovers and paperbacks, an issue with two spines, an issue with a magnetic binding, an issue that looked like a bundle of junk mail, and an issue that looked like a sweaty human head), but always brings you the very best in new literary fiction.

This winter, a disease in China that was reported on the night newspaper turned into a pandemic that began to kill people all over the world. Hospitals and morgues were overflowing.
In Europe, we stayed at home and, when we went out, we put on a mask. In America, some put it on, especially for the supermarket. Even though it was less classy than a massive volcanic eruption in Yellowstone National Park, Willie already thought it was awesome. He was following the numbers on his smartphone. Schools closed early. Roxie cried about missing the prom, but her brother didn’t care. There was no catch-up prom.
In March, Pepe began to cough a lot more, to the point of spitting blood, sometimes…

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