Justin Meckes is a writer living in Chapel Hill, NC. His writing career began with a journal, which was inspired by a reading of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. This was followed by a news article concerning a week-long expedition to the Amazon rainforest and a long-form piece about a drive cross country that nearly ended in tragedy.

photos by Melissa Meckes

Justin’s attention turned to writing novels after these excursions. But his efforts were short-lived due to an unexpected detour into filmmaking. It took ten years of a heightened interest in movies—in which one of his short films was featured on IFC’s Media Lab Shorts Uploaded—for him to return to his original vocation.

Justin’s short stories have since been published in various online journals and magazines such as The Broadkill Review and Map Literary. You can learn more about his work in his CV. Once there, you will discover that he is the founding editor of Scrutiny Journal, a publisher of predominantly magical realism stories.

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Aldous Huxley, Michael Crichton, Haruki Murakami, Anthony Bourdain.