Frank and Liz

Frank sat near the top row of the covered grandstand, stroking his stubbly, gray goatee as he checked the odds on the tote board. He lit up a…


Hostess Cherry Pies

I was in and out of Philly kicking around Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. One guy I always saw had alopecia. He talked about holidays, missing booze…


Raymond, Raymond

“Big man, pig man. Ha ha, charade, you are.” --- Pink Floyd Raymond awakes from a horrible dream to the sound of dogs barking and someone pounding on…


Hershel’s Nightmare

Bettie Bundy will be performing at an abandoned factory outside of Salem. His soy-obsessed manager, Hershel Donahue, has been making preparations for…


Good Holiday

Barbara had to save money all year round so her son could have a good holiday. This meant going with him for two weeks somewhere abroad and sending…


Was Her Resting?

He could see the vertical blinds moving when he was halfway up the driveway. Even though she could neither see nor hear, Delta would always come to…


Barefoot Boy

I was listening to music and mulling billiard balls, both to a small involuntary shiver that I hoped wasn’t the first stage of the malaria paroxysm.…


The Damned Beautiful

Aurora looked at herself in the bathroom mirror, hardly able to hold back tears. Why did she have to look like this? She dared to glance only for a…


The Last Will and Testament of Philip Alan Dennison

All my life, people have been telling me to shut my mouth. Never once has anybody seriously asked about my opinion or my side of the story. It’s…


The Crashing Waves

We drove on toward the coast. You see, we needed someplace to stash the body. I started out with a full tank of gas, but all we could think about was…