Poisoned

Corrine felt like she had been poisoned. She worked as a cashier at the new hardware store in town. It opened up recently, and she requested to work…


Fire with Fire, Part 1

I. Darla’s eyes shot open at the muffled shattering of glass and found themselves locked on the still-silent alarm clock at her bedside. 5:26 am. A…


Halcyon

Maxwell Hearns, the eleven-year-old son of Ed Hearns, sat outside of the funeral home. It was late March and the last bits of winter snow had finally…


A Friend of the Church

There's a popular drug den in Manhattan called the Temple of High that was founded in the 1980’s by Rupert Monahan. Weed, pills, and women are…


Blood Knot, Part 4

VII. The sharp stabs of pain intermittently jabbing in and out of me through the vibrations from her machine were relentless. At first, the…


Nagasaki Boy

Yashimoro rounded the corner of the beach and saw a massive sperm whale washed up on shore. He approached the beast cautiously, taking a circuitous…


The Unfinished Tower

Sanity is a curious thing, difficult to define, and usually deemed legitimate by the judgement of others. As I look out my bedroom window now,…


The Refugee on His Wife’s Birthday

For lunch, you take him to the Greasy Spoon. No joke---that is its real name---but the food, you swear, is good. Still, the dead, almost-gem-like…


Little Pills Like Pearls

He felt like shit, but then again, he always did. Today was no different. He sat with his councillor and listened. Wasn’t he supposed to do the…


#SpeakEasy

“#ThinkThenSpeak.” Tony glanced at the words printed with permanent ink on the cup of coffee he had ordered. He casually took it from the barista on…