I am querying about my story “Thunderstorms of Ill Fate”, which I think would be a fine addition to your current anthology project.
Todd Hollins, a breeder of exotic goats, and his wife, Georgie Davidson-Hollins, a professor of anthrolopogy and expert in ancient languages, are driving through rural Illinois on their way to New York for Todd’s family reunion. Late at night, a sudden vicious thunderstorm forces them to take shelter at a road-side diner.
The storm rages on unabated for hours. With the help of two other stranded travellers – Nicholas Kane, the front man for a local country band, and Seth Miles, a long haul trucker – Todd and Georgie must, figure out how to stop the unnatural deluge before the rising waters consume everything.
Their one clue is a strange short man hunched in the corner booth clutching an old, battered, leather-bound book. Sporting long dark greasy hair and a goatee and speaking with a heavy lisp, he mutters to himself in broken English about a millenia-old Summerian curse, which he swears he did not accidentally invoke.
This story is complete at 9,450 words. This story has already been published, however, so I can only offer reprint rights. If you are interested, please let me know and I can send the story to you.
I just sent this, so I may have to wait a few days to see what his thoughts are...
ETA: Now that I've sent this, I feel a little guilty for poking him. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens.