The Black Hearts

By Melissa R. Mendelson “Do you think they’re dead?” For a machine, Spectral sounded human.  Fear almost shined in those pale, copper eyes.  Their head swiveled to face the others standing nearby, all wearing the required Science uniform, yellow on the right side, silver on the left.  Their head snapped back toward the bridge doorContinue reading “The Black Hearts”

Till Death Do Us Part

By Alex Grehy “The trouble these days is that we just live too damn long.” The woman sitting in the rattan chair opposite nods her head then turns to look at the sun blazing over the tranquil ocean. She is quiet; they often are this close to the end. “Tell me your story again,” sheContinue reading “Till Death Do Us Part”

Dark Running

By Chris Bunton Sandy did pushups in the center of the living room in her underwear. She dripped sweat from her buzzcut head on to the dirty plank floor with each pump. The room was dark. Furniture was set around facing a monitor. There was light filtering through the black painted windows. The specialized paintContinue reading “Dark Running”

This Is Not Your World

By Melissa R. Mendelson Dayla tried to stifle a yawn as she walked down the stairs. She smiled at the aroma of coffee wafting out of the kitchen. The sound of a spatula scraping the frying pan indicated that her husband made eggs again, and hopefully this time, they were not Bull’s Eye. She detestedContinue reading “This Is Not Your World”

The Carlton Theater

By Andy Betz and Samantha Fowler Part One: My life as it was My employer, Mrs. Oliver, assigned the duty of a visual inspection of an older movie theater to me.  I was to look around and walk about and give her my written report by the morning.  While her decision would not be basedContinue reading “The Carlton Theater”

The Caretaker

By Andy Betz I packed my Chevy S-10 with guns and ammo, bows and arrows, picks and shovels, flares, tires, tools, how-to manuals, can goods, clothes, knives, first aid kits, medicines, gasoline, propane and butane tanks, silver coins and a box of various springs, Raman noodles, bottles of beer, bottles of Jack Daniels, tequila, beans,Continue reading “The Caretaker”

Transition

Inspired By My Dad By Melissa R. Mendelson Farewell.  Light blue letters on a white banner hung against a nearby wall.  The tape failed to hold it up, and one side caved, falling into a table set up with vegetables, chips and soda.  A toddler squealed with joy, jumping up and pulling the rest ofContinue reading “Transition”

Writer Interview: Melissa R. Mendelson

Melissa R. Mendelson has written many books. She has had several of her short stories published on The Yard, and at other publications. We love Melissa’s writing here at The Yard: Crime Blog, and we wanted to get a hold of her to ask her some questions about it. What led you to start writing?Continue reading “Writer Interview: Melissa R. Mendelson”

The Wheels Go Round and Round

By Melissa R. Mendelson “Come on, Ben.  Wake up.”  He kicked the young boy’s shoulder.  “Get up.” “Oh, come on, Henry.  It’s early.”  He rolled across the floor and pushed the thin shirt under his head closer to him.  “Let me just sleep.” “You’ve slept enough.  Come on, Ben.  Let’s go.  We got work toContinue reading “The Wheels Go Round and Round”