Dummy’s Dummies, Part 4

XXIX. Vincent, with stomped-on orange fright wig and other touches that made him resemble a life-size dummy, sits on a stool facing the camera. On a…


Alcohol Drought

It's three o'clock in the afternoon; Linda is standing outside the red wooden cottage where John and company are inside sleeping, not having awoken…


A Visit from Stuntman Steve

Steve, a professional stuntman, and his manager Desmond were driving through the city in Desmond’s 2011 four-door-extended Jeep Wrangler en route to…


The Muse

Music: that's what this was all about. That's why I currently find myself staring blankly at nothing in particular on this dismal, gray, post-Soviet…


Dummy’s Dummies, Part 3

XIX. Vincent, appearing stressed out, stands on the sidewalk in front of an elementary school. Children swarm past him onto waiting buses. Colin…


I’m Certain the Sun Will Shine

I looked down at the old woman with her Einstein-like hair resting on the top half of the pillow, her wrinkled eyelids loosely closed in a deep and…


Twenty Years After

Thank goodness for name badges. Some of the people looked the same, maybe just a few furrows in the brow or a receding hairline being the difference…


Swimming in Mercury

The problem really started when Colliver conjured up not the fiction of the great dead author (of which he was a diffident fan), but the author…


The Confessional

“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent." --- H.P. Lovecraft “It is for the best that the scenes I am about to describe have faded…


The Most Beautiful Question in the World

I. In his eyes I see all the history of Asia, in the rise and fall of his chest, where his heart lies tucked safely under his bones, the multicolored…