I sent “The Box of Forever” back out, and it was promptly rejected again. This rejection, like the last, came with some feedback. The editor commented that he never got a good feel for what the box of forever was and why the main character’s relatives became caught within it.
I like to use literary devices within my horror. I like there to be layers of meaning. It seems this is a big mistake, because nearly every story I write with these elements seems to confound the editors. There was in fact a reason for the ancestors to become caught within the box, I just didn’t spell it out for the reader.
Back to the old drawing board.