Gratuity Optional

What a dump, thought Geno as he pulled the lapels of his rumpled trench coat together over a sweater and two sweatshirts. After all he had done for…


Train to Springfield

I suppose you would have said the man across from me was something of a dandy if it weren’t for the stains on the knees of his trousers and a burn…


Breaking Tuesday

Doug shut off the tractor and sat in the shadow of the plane directly above him. Interposed between him and the noonday sun, it hung there like a…


An Appointment at Hoover’s Gap

It wasn’t the fighting that bothered us as much as it was the waiting. Those long days that dragged out into weeks, and then into months, of sitting…


Keepsake

Ridley Chesterton didn’t think of himself as being sentimental. It had surprised him as much as anyone when he snatched his father’s wind-up pocket…


An Infinite Darkness

There was something wrong with the sky. Out on his nightly walk, Homer had paused to admire the stars, making their first appearance after a week of…


A Friend Request from the Green Cobra

“Who the hell is John Dillinger?” Mel shouted into his phone. “I’m pretty sure he was a guy who used to rob banks,” responded Billie, wondering why…


A New November

Rod stood over the kitchen counter, trying not to pour hot coffee on his hand as he positioned the mug under the carafe. Managing to spare his hand,…


The Gravel Pits

I sat tapping my pen lightly on the desk, waiting for the sweaty kid sitting across from me to gather his wits. The boy couldn’t have been more than…


Haunted Places

I’d like to state up front that I have never sought evidence of supernatural occurrences out of any conviction such phenomena were possible, or any…