Murder in Evansville

By Chris Bunton I was in the Aspen Drive neighborhood of Evansville, Indiana recently. It is what I would call an upper middle class community. A place where you can imagine kids riding up and down the street past well manicured lawns. It’s a peaceful slice of Americana. It’s not a place where you wouldContinue reading “Murder in Evansville”

Tracked

By Rena Robinett AIRPORT I – KALI I was sitting in the United concourse at San Francisco airport sucking Cappuccino foam off a spoon when I spotted him. This was my third time tracking him out of SFO, using a TSA security badge from an old friend. He came out of Terminal Three, walking fastContinue reading “Tracked”

Raiin

By Alex Finch (Graphic Content Warning) Most only know me as The Raiin Killer. Nobody knows who I am beneath the mask. Or that I’m almost always smiling. Well, I guess this journal is a tribute to my dead psychiatrist. She was a fighter until the end, I had to admire that. She always toldContinue reading “Raiin”

Old Ninety-Seven

By Byron Spooner It’s one of those strange evenings when the moonlight reflecting off yesterday’s snow gives the whole world a soft bluish radiance. I’m out wandering around, no particular place to go, anywhere but home, and I see the Field House lights are on. The front door is unlocked. I stomp the snow fromContinue reading “Old Ninety-Seven”

In Loving Memory of Sherry Lewis

By Dennette Bender (Russell), Edited by Andy Betz It was not a typical Friday. It was the first day of the annual Decatur Celebration, a day many in central Illinois looked forward to. It was the marking of another great midwestern summer. Local corn harvesting, farming, and vacations were coming to an end. Children wereContinue reading “In Loving Memory of Sherry Lewis”

Barber Billy Bob, Dixie Butcher

By Russell Guenther William Robert Dixon was as professional a barber as ever lived, though he was perceived around town as a rubish country bumpkin, who was referred to as “Barber Billy Bob” behind his back. He had moved from his native Tennessee to upstate New York, setting up his own shop. He built upContinue reading “Barber Billy Bob, Dixie Butcher”

Murder In Poetry

By Jennifer Jennings Daves They found her thereFloating among the reedsA curious smile spread across her faceAs though she had justLooked into the eyes of her loverDeath had not stolen the light of her eyesShe still retained a mischievous lookA glowing glintingOf knowing somethingNo one else didYou could almost hear the bubbly laughAs though theContinue reading “Murder In Poetry”

Blackout

By Sam Cooke It all started with the cast list for the spring musical. “Ms. Combs has posted it,” Dominic said as he climbed into the passenger seat of my Volkswagen Beetle. I pulled my sunglasses down and stared at him over the rims. “How do you know?” “She told me.” I reversed out ofContinue reading “Blackout”

Angle Grinder

By Shane Leavy Wind rose and drove rain against the van with a hollow, rattling roar. Inside, Michael winced. ‘Don’t worry, young fellah,’ said Barry, huge behind a glowing cigarette where he sat opposite, ‘we won’t tell your mammy you got wet.’ Tom huffed smoke in a chesty snigger from the driver’s seat, then droppedContinue reading “Angle Grinder”