Descent Into The Stygian Veil

By Scott Bowers The small town of Oakridge had always been a quiet, unassuming place. Nestled amidst rolling hills and surrounded by dense woods, it seemed untouched by the bustling chaos of the modern world. Children played in the streets, their laughter mingling with the gentle rustling of leaves in the wind. But beneath theContinue reading “Descent Into The Stygian Veil”

The Hit

By Jason Smith   Tom Kelly had plenty of time to think about the anonymous person who had hired him to kill his brother Conor. When he was told that this anonymous person had asked for him specifically and the amount of money this person was prepared to pay him, he couldn’t turn it down.Continue reading “The Hit”

Anger, Lust and Greed

By Scotch Rutherford June 8, 1980 Max was up before the sun. It was a habit he couldn’t shake. Three tours will do that to you. The hooker from the night before was asleep in her clothes next to him. He had that clammy feel on his skin, like he was covered in hair gel.Continue reading “Anger, Lust and Greed”

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”

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”

What I’ve Learned Watching Murder

By Andy Betz The best murderers have an array of tactics, but heavily rely on just these strategies. The KISS principle:  There is no need for exotic chemicals, disguises, or elaborate plans when committing murder. A simple shiv between the ribs is easy. A lateral thrust between the third and fourth true ribs with aContinue reading “What I’ve Learned Watching Murder”

Just To Get High

By Matthew Serback i.I bought weed from the white girl who lived next door to me. She was a child-monster whose face was full of freckles that were mopped up by her brown hair, which obfuscated her eyes and never let her make eye contact with someone she must’ve consider to be a loser. ii.TheContinue reading “Just To Get High”

Under the Knife

By Hillary Lyon “You know, darling, not everyone is as fortunate as I am,” here the old woman paused to massage citrus-scented serum into the crepey flesh of her throat. She tilted her head to admire her own jawline. Her much younger assistant, Mandy, rolled her eyes. Gazing in her dressing table mirror, the oldContinue reading “Under the Knife”

Starting Over Again

By Andy Betz When the police were notified, I was in the middle of sealing the final boxes. I gave my daughter the keys and deed to the house as well as my power of attorney. I had made peace with my choices and was ready for what was to come. I waited on theContinue reading “Starting Over Again”

Confession

By Dick Johnson “Yeah, I shot her in the face. She fucking deserved it.” The detectives looked at me like I was crazy. “You shot her?” “Yeah” “Because you caught her cheating?” “No” “But you knew she was cheating?” “Yeah, I walked in on her. The guy was on her just pumping away. But noContinue reading “Confession”