Jeremy B. Jones is the author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland. His essays have appeared in Brevity, Defunct, and Crab Orchard Review. He teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University and is currently at work on a book about the uncovered life of William Thomas Prestwood.
William never intended for anyone to read these diaries. He kept his record in a cipher of his own design, fashioning shapes and symbols to conceal the terse fragments of his life. Presumably, he took the key to his coded diary to his grave.