The Muse

Music: that's what this was all about. That's why I currently find myself staring blankly at nothing in particular on this dismal, gray, post-Soviet…


Dummy’s Dummies, Part 3

XIX. Vincent, appearing stressed out, stands on the sidewalk in front of an elementary school. Children swarm past him onto waiting buses. Colin…


I’m Certain the Sun Will Shine

I looked down at the old woman with her Einstein-like hair resting on the top half of the pillow, her wrinkled eyelids loosely closed in a deep and…


Twenty Years After

Thank goodness for name badges. Some of the people looked the same, maybe just a few furrows in the brow or a receding hairline being the difference…


Swimming in Mercury

The problem really started when Colliver conjured up not the fiction of the great dead author (of which he was a diffident fan), but the author…


The Confessional

“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent." --- H.P. Lovecraft “It is for the best that the scenes I am about to describe have faded…


The Most Beautiful Question in the World

I. In his eyes I see all the history of Asia, in the rise and fall of his chest, where his heart lies tucked safely under his bones, the multicolored…


Blues

Everywhere I go, I see blue. Everywhere I go, I hear blue. I see blue more than anything else. Blue is following me. Blue is the most popular color.…


Dummy’s Dummies, Part 2

XI. Vincent sits at his workbench, his three dummies arrayed before him. He looks even more wild-eyed than before. "So you think you can take over.…


A Correspondence with Allister X

Dear Famous Author, I recently (well not that recently) read your short work entitled “E**' S****” which was appended to your longer piece “S********…