Confessions of a Working Ghoul

I was never one for graveyards. My momma always blamed it on what she called my “romantic spirit.” Even in my youth, tombstones and crypts inspired…


The Kingdom Said to Be Least Intelligent

Many know that the Great Desert is impassable, and that anyone who journeys in that direction never returns south, but few know how the desert came…


The Final Command

“What’ll it be, stranger?” Henry facetiously asked José sitting across the diner counter. Leaning forward in his stool, the middle-aged Tejano…


Deus Vault

I. The man across from Officer Locke easily looked like a retired long-haul truck driver. He adjusted the red baseball cap covering the remaining…


WatchingU

Jared reread the flyer: “WANTED: Test subject for new phone app. Generous salary. No fuss, fun, and educational. Students preferred.” Jared often…


Echo of Silence, Part 1

I. “Hey, Lucille. Umm, do you think you could stop by my office later to collect the book you requested for last week?” I turn around with a smile to…


30 Birds: “And a Phanta?smagoria” by John Robert Barnes

Two tickets. Two tickets got bought---through Craigslist, I think, on the day of or before---for the festival---from a seedy stranger, no really,…


Clara

The mid-morning sun cuts into a dozen odd pieces through the shabby, dusty blinds of my dungeon-like apartment. I awaken slowly with a vino tinto…


The Girl at CVS

At 11 o’clock, I pulled into the almost empty CVS parking lot. I killed the engine. From my breast pocket, I pulled out the folded, yellow, sticky…


A Game for Horrible People

My family played a card game two hours after we put Grandma in the cold Oregon ground. To be specific, we played Cards Against Humanity, a party game…