Chris Arp: The Talk

As soon as we hear the State Truck, we prostrate ourselves in the dirt. We listen to the Soldiers disembark and open the hatch and remove the large Tank of Water. When the Truck is gone, Gorrin does the high whistle, we brush ourselves off and watch Tippum and Flurt lever the Tank onto the

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Scott Palmer: [The Salesman Rings Twice]

There was no way to put last week’s events in any form of rational order. Believing that it all happened within those seven days and further still, that it ended only yesterday, was even less fathomable. It feels like years have passed. This morning I spent a little longer in front of the mirror, checking.

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Rab Ferguson: Ricia

He fastened the zip on her emerald green dress, tightening her sagging shoulders back into the firm curve they once naturally held. He was already dressed: a black suit the same as he’d always worn, black shoes, a black fedora, and forever those black glasses, carrying that effortless dignity men seemed able to attain in

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Thomas Stewart: “Cremations”

He places his glass on the shelf and the water is tilted. A sharper, stronger, heavier lull pushes itself against the edge of the cup. He moves across the room, away from the shelf of books and, bending over, pokes at the fire. He watches the flames, they do not dance, nothing dances here, here

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Aleksei Drakos: Between Universes

[Day 412] This is where the world ends. I have to capture it, contain it, frame it in words to bounce off satellites so you will know just how it feels to stand where there is more sky than earth and every star in the universe is revealed through the absence of light. My tongue

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2014 STORGY Short Story Competition Winners

2014 STORGY Short Story Competition We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 STORGY Short Story Competition, as judged by the wonderful Mr David James Poissant. Winner: Live Meat and Freedom by Rowena Macdonald * Runners Up: Building by Karina Evans Property is Theft by Juliet Hill Congratulations to everyone who made the final longlist, and

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The Untimely Demise of Danforth Ellory

THE UNTIMELY DEMISE OF DANFORTH ELLORY by Lauren Bell Not so long ago, a comic shop owner named Danforth Ellory awoke to find a man dead in his shop doorway. The corpse was prone, its arms bent at an unnatural angle. Danforth knew that no living person would be able to withstand the pain such

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Garbage Theory

GARBAGE THEORY by Benjamin Hewitt The Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, aborted their half-reptilian baby after six months. The human-half belonged to one of the waiters at the Coach House in Chipping Norton. The Camerons disappeared after it went public a month later in December 2015, apparently because of backlash from members

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Morning Person

MORNING PERSON by A. Suiter Clarke Elise could not get back to sleep. She squirmed deeper into her blankets, trying to ignore the feeling that she might burst if she didn’t run to the bathroom. It was one of life’s great miseries, to be both longing to go back to sleep and desperate to use

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Bird Girl

BIRD GIRL by Cathy Vella Emily lived under the old house for as long as she could remember. She never questioned why. It was dark and she was alone, but she was used to it. A solitary window, high up the wall, let in a little light and she had piled up boxes, crates, and

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