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Love You, Zyra, Part 2

IV. Closer. We caught a bus that took us into the foothills of the Pamirs. By now, I’d gone quite native and had put on my all-purpose Islamic grey…


Nocturne of All Hallows’ Eve

"Don't look back, and don't run. You must never run from anything immortal; it attracts their attention." --- Peter S. Beagle Night had begun to cast…


Diary of Another Madman

1 January 2015 I have twice sent out electronic messages-in-a-bottle, and twice have gone unanswered. The first time I considered it a one-off. The…


30 Birds: “A Love Poem” by John Robert Barnes

(click to enlarge) *** For all installments from 30 Birds, click here. Previous installments: "Velvet" by the Bloody Eyes "Subtle" by Yukio…


Starway Strangler

From a parking lot, I was looking out my side window at the freeway overpass, the sun present yet neutral. The cars were rolling by, rearranging…


Gods Dance in My Head

Enthusiasm (from the Greek word enthousiasmos, from enthous, meaning “possessed by a god, inspired.”) I want to make something for you That means I…


Allen

When we first met, I thought that he was odd. Odd, but harmless. He and I were first-year master’s students in the English department; we were…


6 to 6: Turn Around, Dumbass

I got a call yesterday in my taxi, 409 W. Rudasil Road. I was about five miles away and I dialed the phone number to let the person know I was on my…


The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America: A Retrospection

The Rise and Fall of Free Speech in America by D.W. Griffith (Palala Press, September 2015) In 1916, Hollywood filmmaker W.D. Griffith published a…


Coon Hunting, Part 1

Dear Sir/Madam, When I was a small boy, I used to go on excursions into “the London,” and I vividly remember the overwhelming sensation of being an…