Show Your Work, Pattern I: The Ordinary World

"It is allowed on all hands that there is no known connection between the sensible quantities and the secret powers; and consequently, that the mind…


The Birds and the Bees

Dad threw the knife clattering down between us on the kitchen floor. We were both already oiled down and wearing loincloths. I had a bad feeling…


Natural American Spirits

I wasn’t supposed to be having one. I said I was going to stop. No more, it’s the last one, never again. But the itch was becoming unbearable. I…


Eddie Mann’s Last Halloween

The colors let Eddie Mann know that it was Halloween. The grocery store, which was oppressively dim regardless of the season or time of day, was an…


Self-Destruction, Part 1

I. I’m terrified of showing this story to Grant. But I must. I will. II. Last night’s dream:     This time, I’m aware of the red light; stopped in…


Ritual

Before you start, it is essential that you at least have the right equipment if you're to have any hope of surviving this. (Firstly, make sure you…


Whip Crack

The control room was tense, there being little trust that this thing would actually work. “All stations report green lights, sir.” The control…


Last Days and Testament

It all ends like this. It’s 10 p.m. I’m on Greene Street in SoHo; it’s starting to rain, or it’s just stopped raining. I can’t tell. I go to a…


The Story of Pec

Pec arose. The burden of the blankets didn't seem copious. Not enough for the movement of the blankets off of his body to cause his brain to respond…


Race Relations

A couple days later, my car won’t start. AutoZone tells me that my battery is bad. My boss had said that a cold front was coming, but I had ignored…