• Figured Out by Matthew C. Funk

    Davis thought he had it all figured out. He told me that the first time we met. I was trying to pin his stunted buddy C-Note for pushing rock on the Carver Junior High playground. Davis was trying to avoid flipping on a pal he’d known since reusable diapers. “Don’t worry about me, Detective Jurgis, […]

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  • Shogun Honey by Thomas Pluck

    Ishikari took the job for three rice balls a day and a dry place to sleep. By dark, he’d wished he drowned and starved. His blade caught the thin shaft of light by the door. The edge was notched from many blows. Rain hammered the roof of the priest’s hut, beat a relentless tattoo. Droplets […]

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  • One Good Reason by Joe Clifford

    “Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t shoot you right now,” the kid with the gun said. Christ, Arrington thought, so this is what it’s come to?  Playing cops and robbers with a greased up little shit who’s watched too many movies. Maybe this is what you get.  After all, Arrington was pushing fifty, […]

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  • ST. Teresa Of Avila’s Day by Court Merrigan

    At the penny carnival for St. Teresa of Avila’s Day, Elena is volunteering at the dart toss booth when she sees Jack The Coyote.  He is carrying a baby who’s nearly a decade younger than Elena’s dead daughter Camila should have been. Jack The Coyote saunters out the gym doors.  Elena abandons the booth and […]

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  • Lessons Learned by Allan Leverone

    The kid eased into my Jaguar in half a heartbeat, all smug self-assurance and low-riding jeans. And a snub-nosed .38, which he jammed under my chin. “Drive,” he said, and it seemed like the best option, so I did. The light turned green and the traffic moved sluggishly along Storrow Drive. I checked the rear […]

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  • One-Sided Conversation by Ryan Sayles

    “Before you speak, just know I already have all the answers.” The guy is trying to speak. It’s hard on him. All screams and squeals. Since he’s dangling by his tie off a rooftop. “My compliments to your knot-tying. This is impressive.” My cigarette dropping ash, flutters down about his face; his eyes wide as […]

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  • Smoke by Trey R. Barker

    Interstate 80…mile marker 47…1:38 a.m. “Don’t fuck this up.”  Frankie says to Driver. “We got no problems, man.”  Driver stands on the shoulder, face harsh in the squad’s glaring spotlight.  Hands up, shaking.  Driver is scared to death; staring at the .45 staring at him. Frankie and Gary had pulled three Hefty bags stuffed with […]

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  • Ten by Ian Ayris

    Some people, they was sayin ‘Why didn’t they stop him? Why didn’t somebody stop him?’ When they say ‘him’, they mean ‘me’. Obviously. Thing is, that ain’t askin the right question. And it’s all about askin the right question. In cases like this. People like me. That’s why they sent me to that psychiatrist bloke […]

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  • Six Shots from Allan Guthrie

    SEX AND ROMANCE He rolled over, started snoring. She punched his arm, woke him up. “You unromantic bastard.” “You want sex and romance, Beth? You don’t want a man. You want a fucking candle.” She waited till he fell asleep again, then cut off his cock with a pair of scissors.   SPAM When Dave […]

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  • Safety by Eric Beetner

    The kid was a pain in the ass, but that’s what a little brother is for. Mark knew the kid worshipped him. What he couldn’t figure was how to parlay that into an all access pass to his sister’s panties. Marcia let Stevie hang around way too much and Mark suspected it was because she […]

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  • Spent Technology by Brian Lindenmuth

    “I got to go.” “One more, nights still young” “Not after 18 hours straight, I need a fucking bed.” “C’mon, I’m buying.” “Fine. Fuck it. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” “Tell the one. About the guy from the other day.”

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  • DJ by Richard Godwin

    ‘I’m fucking reformed, good as your bitch’, Meat said. He was sitting at the bar in Leon’s nightclub with Al. ‘Her name’s Patsy’, Al said, looking down at Meat’s scarred hands. ‘I see where your eyes are wandering and you know why I got these? Light bulbs, used to eat em inside, I’d crunch em […]

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