The Steve Show

How Country Club Plaza was able to stay open, nobody really knew. It ranked as one of the central mysteries of the city, along with the hauntings at the California State Library and the underground tunnels in Old Sacramento. The question: how can a shopping mall stay in business when sixty percent of the commercial storefronts are vacant?

Aaron Stypes has an MA in English and has had fiction published in North American Review, South Dakota Review, Coe Review, Underground Voices, and Wisconsin Review. He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and daughter and works as a correctional officer. “The Steve Show” was inspired by a mall in his hometown. He said, “I’ve always had an odd attraction to this unglamorous, neglected little mall, and the fact that it seemed the least promising subject matter for fiction made it all the more irresistible to me.”