Category: Fiction

The Great Tew Ghost By Richard Neville

The Major attempted to raise himself. His rear was deeply involved in the concave seat of a well-worn horsehair armchair – one which his own buttocks had played a significant role in shaping over a period of several years, especially during such dark and huddled winters as this one. He had a technique for raising

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Rest Stop by Raquel Vogl

James hadn’t said a word to me since we left the Holland Tunnel heading south on I-95. We’d gone up to New York to see a friend’s band playing at a dingy club in the East Village and gotten in a fight. I’d fallen asleep when we left the city, but I woke up somewhere

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My Uncle’s Spaceship By Edward Avern

My Uncle Peter kept a spaceship in his garage. He was restoring it, he said, so that one day he could go and explore space. See the Helix Nebula up close. Visit Kapteyn’s Star. Maybe head out along the Perseus Arm. Nobody believed that the spaceship was a real spaceship. Even my aunt didn’t believe

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What You Wish For by David Breithaupt

I was eight months sober when I entered the contest. It was a benefit for children or refugees or some poor subsection of humanity which yearned for assistance. They wanted you to make a donation to enter, that was the catch. I gave five dollars. I suspected the more you gave, the better your chances

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Summers End by Sian Dear

It was 5.23 when I awoke. The sun streamed into our room through the skylight. It was strong, even at this hour. I had a horrible sense of unease. We had often complained about the position of the skylight ever since we moved into the new house last November. Its eastward angle, right above our

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The Starvation Response By Patrick Christie

My father always took a nap after lunch. He claimed it wasn’t a matter of choice. He simply couldn’t keep his eyes open. I’m convinced that the main reason he set up his own company was to indulge this habit. It was a small publishing house that printed etiquette guides. Miscellanea protocol of a world

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Letting Go By E.H. Jacobs

Tara wasn’t a bad girl. Doin’ bad things don’t make you bad. If she’d been born in another place, into a proper family, she might’ve been an actress, or maybe a hostess at a fancy restaurant, or even an airline stewardess. She was pretty, her skin light and delicate like the lilies growing in front

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Bend Over Boyfriend By Mike McClelland

“You can’t skip your own party,” Roger said as he handily tied his pale pink bowtie. I’d made the mistake of telling him I thought his bowties were cute when we’d first started dating, and I couldn’t very well tell him the truth now that we were married. Still, they suited his personality; classy, a

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A Non-Zero Chance of Pickles By Zoë Wells

Gerald O’Flynn Connoway was not a very complicated man, and certainly not one capable of killing someone. He worked a small job with a small desk at a large insurance company, calculating the likelihood that someone just like him might one day lose a leg in a horrific water-skiing accident off the coast of Bali.

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Deathbed Blowjob By Mark A. Nobles

The geography, climate, and natives of Texas all share a ‘for it or against it’ attitude. There is little if any middle ground in the Lone Star state. If I had a nickel every time I’ve heard my granddaddy, daddy, or an old man at the diner tell me to ‘get off the fence, boy,

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