Blackstar Blues

I bust in the door and she fills my belly with buckshot. What a thot, useless thot; I grab my wound and sink to my knees. The sides of my black…


Jarry Doors Exits the School, Part 1

I. The rain was ceaseless in the town of Calve Junction. “You could say the gangly one touched you,” said the one with the blonde hair and sunken…


The Sins We Remember Fondly, Part 4

X. Many of us who have spent time in 12-step or similar programs have come across the “martyr” personality. This person’s desire to clean up…


Odyssey

Mother rushed me across the country after Daddy tried to send me away to boarding school. Commit her or at least send her away for being a bad…


Blood, Gunpowder, and Plasma

The desert was rarely cool. But it was a cool night when Bobby Lucas found his life changed forever. Storms were brewing, layers upon layers of grey…


Love You, Zyra, Part 2

IV. Closer. We caught a bus that took us into the foothills of the Pamirs. By now, I’d gone quite native and had put on my all-purpose Islamic grey…


Nocturne of All Hallows’ Eve

"Don't look back, and don't run. You must never run from anything immortal; it attracts their attention." --- Peter S. Beagle Night had begun to cast…


Diary of Another Madman

1 January 2015 I have twice sent out electronic messages-in-a-bottle, and twice have gone unanswered. The first time I considered it a one-off. The…


Starway Strangler

From a parking lot, I was looking out my side window at the freeway overpass, the sun present yet neutral. The cars were rolling by, rearranging…


Coon Hunting, Part 1

Dear Sir/Madam, When I was a small boy, I used to go on excursions into “the London,” and I vividly remember the overwhelming sensation of being an…