Underhill, Part 2

II. "To reject nihilism is the beginning of virtue." --- Anonymous Charles Dickens began his novel A Tale of Two Cities with the famous line “it was…


Fire

Laura stood at her window in the forest hut watching a jaundiced sky. The bats and the crows flew in uncertain directions at dusk. There was a blaze…


Spit Mask

Carlos slavers, pigheadedly mutinous, in the filthy order of the King County Jail, archipelagic in the Chair. He hacks out brainsick verbalizations…


Taco Night

“Tradition! Everything’s a goddamn tradition with you!” “Not everything, Fili, but it’s good to know how much you hate traditions. I’ll remember that…


The Islands Tell of It, Chapter 15: A Parking Lot Visitation

Late in the evening, after saying my goodnights to Wyla and Luther, I looked forward to getting back to my comfy apartment. Maybe watch something…


Stay at Home

So what then now? I’m watching a crowning newborn’s head squeeze out of a vagina that I have licked and sucked dozens of times. Along with the child,…


BorderCop

All screams just sound like cycling modulation. I never had a strong opinion about immigrants, but if you asked my coworkers, it wouldn’t matter how…


A Trip to Hell

He was a devil worshiper going to Hell; indeed, he was. He was finally to meet His Master for a cosy fireside chat and maybe get an idea or two about…


A Zen Story

I. A Japanese lady visits a monastery and asks if they’ll take her youngest son off her hands. He’ll never get married, and there’s no way he can…


The Red Block

The man lived in the gap, it was said, in Winchester Way. But you had to walk down the road at exactly 11:03 pm on the second Monday of the month and…