Semen Fundebat in Terram

Nochpalliicue looked down at the newborn male, a creature destined to bring nothing but pain and harm, just as all of the progenitors of his kind…


The Twilight Princes

Big Dave offed himself. I’ve only ever known two other people who died; first, my great-grandmother, a sweet and frail woman with a subtle, lilting…


A Whisper in the Well

Me and my sister were sent to live with Aunt Lissy for a while. Things were going bad in town. Something about the water supply. The sprawling…


The Shadow Men, Part 1 — Excerpt 5

Alexander Shukhov stood restlessly outside the door of the Junkers, a soft wind blowing his hair back. He ignored the remains of his comrades still…


Between

Between, between, b e t w e e n.  Repeated, it became, unlike other words, more beautiful. It was a dictum, an absolute, a directive especially for…


Brotherly Love, Part 4

As soon as I took a seat in Deepak’s worn sofa, I opened my mouth to speak, but instead burst out crying. “What’s going on, Beth?” Deepak asked…


Laredo

Through a hole in the insulation, plastic crinkling around his eye, Blackwell watches. It’s been a year of weather with many warnings. Wrought iron…


Michael

If I hadn't seen it with my own two eyes, I'd have never believed it. Michelle told me how dangerous he was, and I wouldn't accept a word of it. I…


Dead Laughter

“The duty of lovers is to tarnish the golden rule.” --- Leonard Cohen, "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong" Sloth spoke aloud in his sleep. Tremors contorting…


Collateral Damages

In the aftermath of frenzied texting: if he didn’t have a wife who had survived breast cancer, if they didn’t have children, if it wasn’t the High…