The Bunnies Are Killing Themselves!

The Swanson family was returning home from IKEA, their Cadillac Escalade crammed with furniture, when a squirrel ran into the road. It thumped…


Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Part 1

It was in March 1971 that the event occurred. I’d have to guess on the specific time and day. I’ll look into it and get back to you. That month in…


Emo and Stan

The stolen special atomic demolition munition did what during the Cold War was hoped would never happen. The SADM, colloquially known as a “suitcase…


Modern Life and Other Bad Jokes

Chekhov hit the nail on the head over a hundred years ago when he identified the social causes of mental illness. The human mind is not meant to live…


NEET, Part 5

XXXIX. He sat in her office. Not what he would call an office, a leather couch for him and a high-backed leather chair for her. But she called it her…


The Center

Liam wanted to burrow to the center of the Earth, but he didn’t know how. He saw a cheapo old sci-fi movie on cable and there was a big machine with…


Inspiration: Tyson

Breathing heavily but with calm he throws one punch and the next, his eyes steady, not moving in and out, through his eyes to his soul you can see…


#LoveIsHate

“Hey, do you have time for a quick meeting today?” Ralph glanced at the innocuous-looking question in the subject line of the email that Tony, his…


An Ordinary Evening in My Hometown

Scene: the front porch of Claude and Stella Mabrey. Claude, his brother-in-law Jed, and his best friend Arney are sitting on the front porch on…


The Full Pack

“No. Stop. Put it back.” Harry pushed his cigarette back into the pack in the same action with which he’d drawn it out. “You said you were quitting,…