Lauren Gets Blacked

Some things in life always come back at you. Like herpes. They spring up at the most inconvenient times. Same song, same dance, same itch. Boring,…


A Manuscript with a Happy Ending

“Oh no,” said Kitten, “I've lost my favorite ball!” “Oh my,” said Puppy. “Do you remember where you had it last? When I lose my toys, I can always…


George Imagined

It came about suddenly, all at once. George had been contemplating leaving his job at the electronics store for some time. He had recently been…


No Man’s Land

“So yeah, you’re becoming too much of a liability,” he says. He pulls the joint back to his chapped lips and takes a brief pull. “And for those…


Operation Triggerman: The Grooming, Part 1

Note our man. Take him in, regard him for who he is: no more, no less. What do you find prepossessing in his appearance, demeanor, manner of…


The Dumpster

I live in a loft apartment in a building that backs onto an alleyway near a park. I live by myself with a dog called Lloyd. As of late, bodies have…


Thump

Thump The noise was just loud enough to wake me up, but not loud enough that I remembered what woke me up. It wasn’t until the second Thump That I…


AKA Kerry: The True Story Behind the Book and Movie

You might think that you know me from the movie and book about me by the man I call BFA (for Big Famous Author). Sometimes the “F” stands for…


Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Matthew Huckabee was a rich man. Not billionaire rich, but a comfortably safe, seven-digit millionaire. When he found out the company bookkeeper…


Black Stains, Part 2

X. There was no trash to take out the following morning, and without the usual knock, Nick woke up several hours later than normal. For all the extra…