• What Goes Around by R Thomas Brown

    Davey strolled out of the Texas Electric building into the Texas heat. He flipped up the collar of his salmon polo, and wished his office had jorts day as opposed to jeans Friday. He slipped on his shades, slung his backpack over his left shoulder and headed to the parking garage. “Spare some change?” Davey […]

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  • Stones In Me Pockets by Nigel Bird

    Lefty had planned it like he were military. First target were the police van that’s always there at weekends waiting for the clubs to spill their guts. Turk’s crew went across all casual.  Soon had it over.  Smashed the windscreen and went at the outside like it were a steel drum. Didn’t take long for […]

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  • Roadbeds by Ed Kurtz

    For L.B. Maury was taking a smoke break when the two thugs showed up. They arrived in a black Lincoln and summoned the crew boss from the dusty light of the car’s headlamps. Lucky was bawling out a digger at the time, a Puerto Rican backhoe operator, and Lucky didn’t quit bawling a guy out […]

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  • David Harry Moss Night People by David Harry Moss

    From my bedroom window, on the second floor of a three story building I own at a busy city intersection, I can see the diner. Across the intersection from the diner is a bar that stays open late and across from the bar is a hotel. It is midnight and steady rain is falling. When […]

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  • Map of Scars by Matthew C. Funk

    It started when I found Tyrell on the steps of Carver Desire Baptist. Tyrell was a gangly sixteen. Bookworm mind. Groundhog smile. Proud of nothing but the case of Star Wars figures he used to carry everywhere. He even showed me, his friendly neighborhood Narco detective, a few times. Sad kid. Gang kid. Went by […]

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  • In The Usual Sterile Fashion by Glenn Gray

    Dennis settled in his chair, the scent of cauterized tissue lingering in his nostrils. Stacks of medical texts loomed on the wood desk. One of the texts, a neurosurgical tome, was splayed open at his chest. Beside that, a dictaphone with mini-cassette. He lifted the handset, began dictating the operative report. Surgeon: Dennis Falconcliff, MD […]

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  • Happy Hour at the Schoolfield Diner by Tom Faucett

    A GED, a bastard daughter and an unemployment check from Southern Textiles was all Elias Denton had to show for his 23 years of life. The century old mill shuttered in April, the machinery sold overseas. The laid off weavers and machinists now fought over the same crap jobs at Wal-Mart and Winn Dixie.  Furniture […]

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  • A Man Full Of Stones by Kieran Shea

    -Hey, Morgan. -Well, well.  Look at what the tide dragged in.  S’up, Mikey? -That him? -Who? -The guy in the corner.  Watching Vlatka on stage.  Bony-looking dude with the glasses. -Yeah.  That’s him. Guess who gets to take that creep to the airport in an hour? -You? -Yup. -Atlantic City? -Nope.  Philly.  God, I’m looking […]

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  • Interview: John Rector

    Last May we published John Rector’s Folded Blue, an unassuming story that turned dark and gruesome in the last passage. It created a buzz and is, to date, one of our most read stories. John is used to creating a little buzz, having released his first novel, THE GROVE, on the Kindle platform and creating […]

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  • The Hole by Martin Garrity

    Only a pin prick of light makes it this far into the hole. It’s calm and quiet this deep. I like it here. But then the whole world jumps into my hole. All of it. It comes rushing past my head, all in my face and my eyes and then it’s everywhere around me and […]

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  • Skinny Latte by Chris Rhatigan

    Lucy teased Andrew for weeks. When he followed her through the halls, she would drop her Trapper Keeper, let him race over to pick up her papers. One night when he was lurking outside her house, she took off her tank top and – oops! – forgot to pull down the blinds. A phone call […]

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  • The Traffic Stop by Peter Farris

    Ronnie Chalmers had a mouth full of pecans when the Caprice passed her at twenty over. The deputy hit the lights and wheeled her patrol car out onto SR-14, the only traffic on the highway tractor trailers freighted with beer, on their way from the bottling plant to places like Tallahassee or Tuscaloosa. She sighted […]

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