Carolyn Watson’s Hitchcockian “Hag”

Cover image, “Blue Boat” by Phillip Ziegler

The MacGuffin is a national literary magazine published by Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan.

I am proud they have included my story, “Hag,” in their Winter 2023 issue.

Their covers are always beautiful and this issue’s image is one of my favourites.

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Lynne Thompson’s Poet Hunt 27 selections are featured in vol. 38.3. Following Ms. Thompson’s contest commentary are the poems and poets themselves: Grand Prize Winner Judy Brackett Crowe and Honorable Mentions Abby Caplin and Sam Ferrante. Leaving Poet Hunt 27 behind, we look ahead to 2023’s Poet Hunt 28, guest judged by Barbara Crooker, with a five-poem spread from the judge-to-be.  We round out this issue with an eclectic collection of prose: from Carolyn Watson’s Hitchcockian “Hag,” to Scott Ragland’s postmodern World War II short “Wings,” to Carolyn Highland’s “Echoes,” and Gigi Cheng’s masterful essay “The difference between Chinese and English.”


“They came on one of April’s most brilliant days – a day as sparkling as a newly-washed lemon…a day when even the shadows were a melange of blue and orange and jade, like the shadows that poured from the tipsy brush of Monet.”

~ Beverley Nichols, British author (b. 9 September 1898 – d. 15 September 1983)


“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”

~ Graham Greene (b. 2 October 1904 – d. 3 April 1991), The End of the Affair