Fiction

Paper Men

The first one slips in through a paper cut and I burn where his fingers part skin. He climbs in. Enters, head first, shoulders, a slick unbirthing ‘til his feet...

26 Kids

No doubt when Peter Alexander recalled the most traumatic events of his life, he was compelled to reflect on the disaster of his first marriage and the birth of...

Baja Blast

I knew the moment she broke up with me that I needed to go to Taco Bell. When she barreled into my room and berated me about my distant attitude—as I loaded up ...

RAT TRAP

“Looks like you’ve got a rat problem,” said the exterminator. He wore a blue and white surgical mask and stood at a safe distance in Deb’s living room. He...

Psycle

It’s 1:30 AM and I take my lunch early.   I overslept and got to work over an hour late and my heart hasn’t chilled out with it’s beating yet. &nb...

Icons

The woman stood at the window. Winter air seeped through gaps around the panes and cooled the sweat on her body. A cigarette smoldered inches from her thigh. Th...

Milestones

Jade texted one Sunday morning in early March. Spring had all but arrived, perfect on a cascading breeze down from the mountains, but if I knew anything about C...

Rent-A-Mom

I’m going seventy on I-405. My going rate is forty. I’m a rent-a-mom. You need a mom? You rent one. You rent me. I’m thirty-one. I wear turtlenecks. I wear s...

OTHER LOVE

In the abyss between beeps, I come awake. Before me is a sanitary fog; white, dull-white, white, soft blue. My eyelids shuffle and rollick, stretching florescen...