Pacifica by Dale Russell

Tonight she is calm. As I walk the beach, I hear her breathe in hushed rhythms, her chest rising and falling, the moonlight…

Prison Pigeon by M. Serapis Freeman

On the windowsill, through the mirrored glass. A mite crawls out from under his wing and returns. Turning his head nearly around,…

What Does a Prisoner Fear Most? by M. Serapis Freeman

That he will be forgotten. To fade away, alone and lonely. There were dear friends once, but now there is only waiting.…

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas by James Griego

“Don’t be scared; use both hands!” roars my boss, who also happens to be my father, Mr. Jimmy Griego, and to my 14-year-old mind,…

Bleached Bones by Darrell Keith Jones

United States District Court Judge Andrew Silverspoon Moonie glared down his bulbous pink nose at a handsome convicted killer. Between incessant soft ticks from an ornate courtroom…

To Follow in Darkness by Ken McDonald

Adam McKenzie’s heart felt like a fist, pounding on a door. The boy squeezed his eyes shut real fast. Please, you have to let…

A Glance Away by Jacob Wideman

I’ve often wondered over the years how you knew exactly what I needed, Johnny, when I called on you. So much you could have…

Saint or Psycho by Mark Svoboda

Tony Andrews always enjoyed his shift working suicide watch at the Birkanshire Asylum. Not because of the constant chorus of thorazine shuffles within the…

smile now by Mark Enriquez

the shoes dangling from the power line were my babysister’s, a memorial, tossed up there next to the wooden pole that had caught the…

Buzz Kill by Brian Maddock

Luke debated whether or not to bother. What are the odds this geezer would leave something useful just lying around? With a pensive frown,…
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