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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2014 STORGY Short Story Competition – Longlist

And so here we have the Longlist and Shortlist of the 2014 STORGY Short Story Competition. With genuine honesty, choosing the longlist was an incredibly difficult task due to the exceptional standard of submissions, and thank you to everyone who entered. The Longlist winners who did not make the Shortlist will be published online, and

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The 999th

The 999th by Philip Kuan … Chapter 9: Garden I was surprisingly lonely, lying in a defecation of linen as a man checked my pulse, half-boredom masked beneath his lids. As I died, I vaguely wondered if they’d bothered phoning my family. It hardly mattered as I abandoned the silhouettes, as my vision faded. There

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Bris-Vegas Magus

BRIS-VEGAS MAGUS by W J P NEWNHAM  … ‘…kicking in liquor stores, grabbing everything in sight…’ William S. Burroughs. One      …………………Me ‘n Mr. Meat have been fucking around and keeping ourselves busy with odd jobs. By Friday we are well over a week of sanding and bogging; renovating a federated Queenslander where if you

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GULLEY OF THE DOLLS

GULLEY OF THE DOLLS by Judyth Emanuel … Funny what I don’t remember. Me crying, I wanna live my reality. I really really do. Funny what I can’t pronounce. Big words like optical illusions fabricate deceptive realities. False naïveté invents photophobic sensations. An old-style film shoots from my magic eye. I create a dreamlike panorama.

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TANA BARU

TANA BARU by Ryan Licata On returning to his mother’s home in the Bo-Kaap, Nasaar heard that Aisha Booley was visiting from London. He knew that it was not the first time that she’d come home, but since his move to Prince Albert, they had not seen each other in more than ten years. Nasaar

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VALIOLLAH’S 40th by Morad Moazami

VALIOLLAH’S 40th by Morad Moazami … “Does this look all right?” Mehran asked his mother. She took a glance and returned to her phone. “It does,” she said. Uncertain, she raised her head again, casting another passing glimpse. “Maybe you should have shaved.” “Why?” “It’s unclean.” “It’s a sign of respect.” “You not shaving?” “It

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