The First Two Pages: “No Fences” by Eve Fisher

In April 2015, B.K. Stevens debuted the blog series “The First Two Pages,” hosting craft essays by short story writers and novelists analyzing the openings of their own work. The series continued until just after her death in August 2017, and the full archive of those essays can be found at Bonnie’s website. In November 2017, the blog series relocated to my website, and the archive of this second stage of the series can be found here.

I’m pleased to host Eve Fisher for her second appearance at The First Two Pages under my watch. Eve was one of the first contributors when the blog series relocated here—and submitted two separate essays in those early weeks. You can find her earlier First Two Pages essay here, looking at her story “Darkness Visible.” The essay below offers a blast from the past, reflecting on the opening of “No Fences” from the November 2011 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. For more on Eve’s work, check out her website.

Please use the arrows and controls at the bottom of the embedded PDF to navigate through the essay. You can also download the essay here to read off-line.

Fisher No Fences