Fiction

Tulips

Elise hadn’t known Dylan well enough to call him a friend, exactly, but in the strange summer between the end of exams and Results Day, she had sometimes seen D...

Bomb Cyclone

I woke up early to drive Rae to the airport. I’d gone back and forth about the Mardi Gras trip and finally decided to stay in Denver. We’d just moved into a new...

December Now

I’m crying because I can’t sleep. I can’t sleep because I’m crying. I wish I could cry myself to sleep. I haven’t been sleeping well since graduation. I usua...

Acknowledgements

The stories in this collection would not be what they are today without input and support from Giacomo, Cavin, Mike, Graham, Alan, Bria, and some others I’m for...

Summer Rental

Everyone comes to this house to die. My husband says I’m melodramatic, lots of people who come to this house stay alive just fine. Most hike the woods, enjoy th...

Nostalgia

If I have any kind of hookup for anything I immediately tell people. Not because I want to help or coordinate an introduction but because I want it to be known ...

Run, Run, Run

Jimmy “the Baker” Reed, head detective of the NYPD, muscled through the maze of cops and yellow police tape surrounding him. Veterans and rookies alike avoided ...

Jeopardy

Everybody in the short story class had a dead dad except Dan. At times he suspected this left him at a disadvantage, creatively-speaking. While his peers’ work ...

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...