The Water Tower

By Tony Sweatland Whipping post by the Allman Brothers Band was on when I started the old restored Ford from the sixties. Perfect song for a getaway. It’d be even better if someone was chasing me, but nobody drove out this far, this early, unless they lived out here. Worst case scenario for me isContinue reading “The Water Tower”

Burger Babes Truck Off

By David Larson Chapter One Kathy turned to her sister, “Katie, Truck Off!” “Hey, that’s not nice. What did I do to you”? “I said Truck Off, not what you think I said.” “I still don’t get it.” “Look at this notice that I found on the windshield this morning. The city is having aContinue reading “Burger Babes Truck Off”

Mother

By Erik Suchy Milton winced at the basketball’s collision against his back, a pool of discomfort opening with hot knives, followed by dull aching and finishing with ripples in his anatomy sea. Of course, he thought. Since when does a star quarterback like Brock Lerner ever miss a target with a heave-ho like that?“ You’reContinue reading “Mother”

How My New Life Began

By Andy Betz He eventually had to come to work again.  He knew I was waiting here for him.  Where else would he go?  I just wish he would not take so long.  We had a long night of discussions and decisions ahead of us. He did walk in at 9:15.  No more costumes today. Continue reading “How My New Life Began”

Simple Pleasures

By Glen Bush He reached inside his shirt and felt the polished walnut grip of his Smith & Wesson .357 revolver.  It felt good.  Satisfying.  Just as easily he removed his hand and reached for the pack of unfiltered cigarettes in his shirt pocket.  Tapping the corner of the pack on his left palm, oneContinue reading “Simple Pleasures”

How Not to Take the Fall

By Marco Etheridge “What should we do with the body?” Louis Pyne squats on his haunches beside the corpse. The boathouse is cold as a meat locker. A massive hangover is dancing a tarantella six-eight time inside his skull, and the two guys standing behind Lou are making him nervous. At least they’re hungover asContinue reading “How Not to Take the Fall”

Movie Review: Filth

By Chris Bunton “Filth” is a movie based upon a novel written by Irvine Welsh. It tells the story of a police detective striving for a promotion, while he is suffering a mental break down after the loss of his family. It is a dark comedy, and details his exploits into booze, drugs, sex, andContinue reading “Movie Review: Filth”

Christmas Crime

By John Haymaker Christmas morning held no real surprise for twelve-year-old Xavier. He knew what his elder brother Drake wanted and knew how he’d get it. He wanted a Christmas tree – a real one, not the ball of tumbleweed their step-father Fred suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier each year. Painted white andContinue reading “Christmas Crime”

Eye Films

By Keith ‘Doc’ Raymond There is an urban legend that downloading the last vision on a person’s retina will provide the face of the killer; this is patently false. The rods and cones sputter out, capturing instead the film that comes over the dying eye in decline. It obscures any image. I have tested thisContinue reading “Eye Films”

The Canary, The Shadow and The Knife

By Gratia Serpento My steps echo down the slippery stairway, tapping the growing moss and mold. I need to come back down and clean, get on my hands and knees and scrub the wood with soap and water, but I hate coming down here. I hate it. Terrible conditions but I won’t make it betterContinue reading “The Canary, The Shadow and The Knife”