Cum Gutters

I could sense something was off when Bradley stayed firmly on his side of the bed. He’d said nothing since coming home, but he could be quiet, so I…


Panhandler

The bearded panhandler stood by the stop sign at the corner of Hollywood and the off ramp to the hospital from 6:30 a.m. until after rush hour in the…


New Beginning

April 2470 I should have started this journal sooner so there would be some record of the final days of our species. But how was I to know I would be…


Monster, Mermaid, and Me

On a fine day at my Southeast Portland house, I put on my bright white swimsuit and went out to my pool and imagined myself Julie* Adams in The…


A Cocked and Locked Christmas, Part 4

December 24th, 6:00 PM The regulars who found themselves lonely and with nothing better to do on Christmas Eve had trickled in later in the day, but…


Giant Negro Nipples of Doom

His wife’s moaning droned on as the fifth man in line pounded deeper into her pussy. He couldn’t bear to see if the brute was reaming out her ass or…


Fortune Teller

“Seet, seet,” said the psychic so the girl sat. She gazed into the ball. “Vat do you see?” asked the psychic. The girl saw shag carpet. She saw the…


Ghostwritten

I am reading an anthology of short stories, 700 pages worth. I haven’t finished a single one. They are all the same, about rich girls sitting in…


Laughing at the Sky

Suddenly the sky turned black. Not a good sign, Braddock thought, fearing it might clash with his brightly-colored dinner jacket. “What about Sarah?”…


Tech and Design

On the first day of class, Mr. Puccini lost control. He began with an awkward icebreaker: each student was asked to name one piece of engineering…