When is Jack in the Box going to delve into the nature and origins of the creature they call “Jack”? His wife is human, but his son is…like him. So whatever Jack is, we know he can pass on his traits to his offspring, which would make him a biological life form. But the improbability of that head—no functional mouth or sensory organs—combined with the way his voice is distant and muffled suggests a man locked inside a giant plastic helmet, ala The Man in the Iron Mask. And his son? Could Jack have inflicted the same imprisonment on his son at birth as some kind of twisted stamp of paternity, knowing it's the only way he'll ever find another human being who can relate with him? What about his wife? Is she his prisoner too? Or is he hers?


  1. I've always thought Jack-in-the-Box looks more like the head of a snowman than an actual Jack-in-the-Box.

    But I actually came to visit your blog because I'm a member of Seattle's PNWA (Pacific Northwest Writers Association), and I'm wondering if you plan to speak at this summer's conference. I just bought your book, for both myself and my teenage daughter, (yes, two copies). We've only begun to read it, but we're enjoying it tremendously.

    So I'm hoping you'll offer one of the breakout classes at the PNWA conference, since I can see (having tasted a sampling of your material) that you have talent.

    And frankly, I get tired of the same old speakers with the same old topics at the PNWA.

    I'm not sure what kind of class you might offer, but if you're a member of PNWA, you've probably attended the conference before, in which case, you know what kinds of topics have been offered in the past.

    I'd love it if you'd offer a character-building class. It seems like they never have enough "craft" classes; their classes are always about pitching and how-to-get-an-agent. But I already have an agent, so I'm hoping to find something different at the conference this summer.

    Just thought I'd put that out there.

    1. Hey Chelly, I don't have any plans that extend that far. Summer? What's that? I've forgotten. If someone officially invites me to do something I'd consider it though.

  2. Are you considering making this into some kind of story (because I would totally read it) or is it a late night pondering?

  3. I'll put in a good word for you with PNWA for this summer's writer's conference. If they're smart, they'll invite you.

    Since I posted a comment here (Nov. 20), I've finished reading your book and loved it. My daughter was equally thrilled. I'll be posting a review on my blog, chellywood.com this Friday, December 7th. I'd love it if you'd drop by and leave a comment on my review.


  4. I cant find the youtube video but I believe I saw a commercial that Jack has a daugher who doesn't have the same head as Jack. Got mom's genes.

  5. Just wanted to let you know that this post sparked a short short horror story about Jack of Jack in the Box. I emailed it to you a few weeks ago. I hope that you have a spare minute or two to read it, when you have a chance. Just wanted to make you laugh. :o) -Hillary

  6. Indeed. Jack's daughter isn't like him at all. She's the whole mom. I found the video and shares at essaytoday's forum. I hope everyone likes it.