Fiction

Crime Court

After the world crash of 2020, every country on planet Earth filed for bankruptcy. With no entity large enough to bail out the entire planet, government is forc...

LOCKJAW

It had begun to resurface, her problem. Slowly at first, peekabooing, then swiftly in the night with vengeance. She woke in the morning and felt it. A furious p...

Organ Donor

I wish I could say it was altruistic, that I’m selfless, that I’m a hero. But the truth is, I am a selfish creature. It’s selfishness that makes me want to save...

Ideal Mall

It was June when the days blurred. Some I wished would end faster than they did and others I hoped would go on just a bit longer. But once July and the dead of ...

San Marzano

“I’m not understanding why they’d want to hire you exactly?”  My husband pokes a hunk of burrata with his fork. I sit across from him in the busy, rustic Italia...

This Christmas

Six months from Christmas, I started scoffing all my lunches and dinners at Reggie’s, the food joint I worked at, where everyone had head lice, despite the stri...

Lessons

My kid busted his lip real good this morning. Hit a crack and flew forward on his face. Do we have to worry about any of that? No, right? It was gnarly. I think...

Punk Adults

Sitting in traffic on 42, Madeline wanted a cigarette. Chloe sang haltingly to “Deceptacon,” her voice dropping in and out of the verses. “Wanna disco? Wanna se...

Skyscraper Man

I get high. It’s what I do. It’s what addicts do, and that’s me.   Also, I’m a ‘sensation’ according to several news outlets and social media account...

Justice

The whole thing, the whole trajectory, changed when I realized I had left all my cash in Des Moines. Most of the cash had come from selling off the few things m...

Five Stars

I fiddle with the lock. The key always jams. I have no idea why, but every time I try to get inside our mailbox, I have the same trouble. I guess I could tell R...

PIT BULL

Christmas eve, Pete Summers was about to climb down the ladder from the roof of Clara Lessing’s home when a large brown pit bull came running down the driveway ...