Murder at the Manor

He was stretched across the chaise lounge as if he were only lightly asleep. On the terrace, Professor Apple was throwing up. The Detective polished…


Wall

They heard the voice crackle in their headphones. “Okay, it's coming up now.” Straining their eyes, they saw it: way out on the horizon, barely…


Round Tower

Standing on the slippery, moss-blanketed stone wall’s edge of the round tower, I gaze down as the autumn rain falls from the black sky into the…


No Apologies to Liam (or Anyone Else)

Anya came home and I could tell something was wrong straight away. She seemed evasive and would not look at me. Also, her clothes were dishevelled.…


Crazy Cat Man

Dave has a problem. But he doesn’t think he has a problem. That’s the problem. But Sally knows, because she lives with Dave and his peculiar feline…


The War’s Children

based on the tale “The Water Sprite” by the Brothers Grimm Once upon a time, there was a 15-year-old boy named Charles and his younger sister,…


The Sound of Music

It was a pain to wake again. To witness scenes and images you couldn't bypass. To hear the sound of static, the shrill sound of metal colliding, and…


January 23rd

Six years. Over 2,000 days, 72 months, and God only knew how many minutes. The world still continued to spin, completely indifferent to the pain and…


Sweethearts

In school, Edward had a huge crush on Torrie. Not high school, no; this story dates back to elementary school. Even back then, she thought he was…


In the Shadow of Watts Towers, Part 2

III. Our principal, Dr. Rawls, was an aloof WASP, choir leader at his San Fernando Presbyterian church, and some sort of alderman in an all-white…