Guess What Inspired "The Blue Room" and Win Autographed Copy of Interzone 231

My full-length short story "The Blue Room" is now available on the Daily Science Fiction website.The story is a non-traditional fantasy set on the Great Plains. When the story was emailed last week to DSF subscribers, I announced a contest: The first person to figure out who and what inspired the story would receive an autographed copy of Interzone 231.

But while I've received a lot of responses, so far no one has guessed correctly. That means the contest is still on. Simply email or message me your answers. All the clues you need are in the story.