St. Anthony’s Motto

…not only am I telling you the truth, I’m understating: it’s to the detriment not just of every person I’ve ever met, but every person I’ve ever…


School Sucks

“Out!” Miss Keene was pissed. Robbie had told one joke too many; now he dragged his ass out into the hall, where he was to spend the remainder of…


Double-Decker

Nothing Happened It happened to me again, the third time in a row with nothing, no grace of god I don't believe in, in between. They say troubles…


The Ambush, Part 8: The Ambush Predator

Etienne has hired a butcher to use his shop to conduct his interrogations, which are off to a very rough start. The first subject made his attackers…


The Shadow Men, Part 5 — Excerpt 1

“May I smoke?” John asked. The two guards eyed him. No pleasantry, total seriousness, a nervous stick in their eyes. He didn’t recognize either of…


Now and Forever

The congealed pork sat on the plate adorned with blue forget-me-nots. The irony of the little blue flowers on Lauretta's plates wasn't lost on her…


Warning Practice

The tornado siren bangs on the stale, end-of-summer humidity. The sky is so empty the blast echoes against it and empties my ears of any other sound…


Skinless

Every morning when she woke up, she found she had no skin, again. There was a thin membrane holding everything in, but not really skin. She was…


Black No Sugar

It was the Russian folk music. Sure, people thought my mom was crazy, but they didn’t understand. You had to be there to understand. I was there. Dad…


The Ambush, Part 7: The Form and the Substance

I’m getting drowsy, so I dowse the lights and lie there, staring off into the slats of light cast against the walls. As I’m just about to doze off,…