Izzy’s Demise

By John Haymaker Rain crashed a late night frat party. Just after one, Alex stumbled back to the student ghetto and up the rickety stairs to his loft. Once inside he misplaced his keys. He pat himself up and down but forgot about the keys the moment he found the dime bag he scored atContinue reading “Izzy’s Demise”

Dirty Blog 8

(The Dirty Blog is based upon the idea of “What if” a career criminal decided to write a blog, just like anyone else.) I was at Manny’s bar, where I had previously gotten a couple of jobs. One was collecting some gambling debts, and the other was following a guy’s girlfriend, and then beating upContinue reading “Dirty Blog 8”

The Mysterious Menagerie

By Chris Bunton Dr. Bernhard’s Traveling Menagerie had a problem. All the clowns had killed each other in an argument over whose rubber chicken was the biggest. It was a tragedy, and it could not have come at a worst time. The wagon train had pulled into the small town of Grand Tower on theContinue reading “The Mysterious Menagerie”

The Wrong Name

By Marco Etheridge The woman saw her face reflected in a thick pane of security glass smudged with the ghostly imprints of forgotten kisses. Her reflection was serious, nervous, pretty: Margaret Kayner, a young graduate student waiting to meet a monster.Beyond the glass barrier was a worn counter bare of anything except a dirty phone.Continue reading “The Wrong Name”

Somerton Man: An Art Journal

By Parisa Karami In 1948 the unidentified body of a man was found on a beach in Somerton Park, Australia. Despite numerous clues, the case has remained unsolved, and has perplexed investigators for decades. The artist, Parisa Karami has created a series of paintings that reflected what she sees in the Somerton Man case. ————Continue reading “Somerton Man: An Art Journal”

Santa Cruz 1970

By Carl Boon I live over on Collier in a duplex with a Mexican girl who’s studying to be a nurse’s aid. She wants to work in a mental hospital after watching some documentary about schizophrenics on Channel 6. I tell her some of those people would just as soon stick a fork through herContinue reading “Santa Cruz 1970”

The Devil’s Road

By Nick Roberts The smell of roadkill flooded the car through the open windows. Bailey Whitman scrunched her face and waved her hand back and forth. “PU,” she said as she looked at her boyfriend in the driver’s seat. Floyd had his cheeks puffed out, over exaggerating as he held his breath. Bailey laughed andContinue reading “The Devil’s Road”

Dead Flies

By Lindsay Fudim By the time my swatter cracks down on the porch railing like a court gavel the fly is a pancake. Again, I lift the swatter to the air and mercilessly bring it down on the dead fly’s companion, sending sawdust and splintered wood into the air as I do so. “By God,Continue reading “Dead Flies”

Thou Shalt Not

By Dick Johnson Sweat dripped down his face as he watched his house. This wasn’t the first time she had cheated and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. But, it would be the last time she cheated on him, with this guy. Wind blew through the trees above him, cooling him slightly. It was summerContinue reading “Thou Shalt Not”