I am… by Sian Evans

I AM… by Sian Evans I am the cold virus that invades your nostrils as I mouth the words I adore you, exhaling warm moist air all over your face; a shroud I made.  Stitch and sew and stitch and sew.  You look beautiful, pale and covered.  A mannequin face; showing the world nothing of

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Man on a Beach by Cathy Vella

MAN ON A BEACH by Cathy Vella  His eyes have been open for a while before he registers the scene before him. He observes the world on its side. His senses are attacked as he tries to understand his surroundings. Ahead is the sea, calm and still, and around him is pristine, white sand as

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Different Breaths by Lauren Bell

DIFFERENT BREATHS by Lauren Bell The phone starts to ring, its shrill voice slicing the empty hallway like a cheese wire. The sound goes on and on and on, travelling through the vast house at an alarming speed, rattling decanters in display cabinets, nibbling away at skirting boards. The sound travels through various rooms visiting

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Sir Alan Sugartits by Benjamin Hewitt

ALAN SUGARTITS by Benjamin Hewitt “And the stamp comes out of here, yes,” said Mr. Jones. “I get it.” “That’s right.” Takumi pointed to the slot on the diagram. “It works like a Polaroid camera, only it prints your photo onto a stamp. Each stamp high-res, sixteen megapixels-,” “You’ve said. Look, Tak-,” “Dry within five

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Dvorak’s Fifth by Richard Katrovas

DVORAK’S FIFTH by Richard Katrovas Last night, at an Irish pub off of Old Town Square, Michael beat the shit out of two British skinheads. The vile Brits were talking at the bar about killing gypsies, and Michael took umbrage. He busted up the little one pretty well, and took down the bigger one and

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With Barthes, on Boredom by Sunil Sharma

WITH BARTHES, ON BOREDOM Fragments from a Diary of an Obscure Indian Writer by Sunil Sharma I Barthes can be good company on a boring day! And most days are boring! Everywhere, boredom—locations  do not matter! Status, not! You, ordinary; Barthes, a celeb. The Paris of the 50s-70s; Delhi or Mumbai of 2014? It is

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Dying for an Angel by Mathew Deane

DYING FOR AN ANGEL by Mathew Deane Part 1 *             Nathalia counted the rainbows as they appeared on the dew drops coating her eyelashes. Her brother Tomos swiped at clouds with extended sweeps of his wings; the Dulux white feathers contoured and shaped the delicate masses of vapour into conical swirls. The burning fireball

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New Short Story – Et tu, Brute – by Sian Evans

ET TU, BRUTE by SIAN EVANS “Coming, ready or not.” A giggle split the sky.  Magpies – two for mirth – took flight.  Leaves rustled as their wings disturbed the warm, late-summer air.  Gnats hovered lazily.  The daisies poking out from the long grass swayed daintily without a care.  Neither friend nor foe to the

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New Short Story – The Tutti – by Tomek Dzido

THE TUTTI by Tomek Dzido Jack Darkins sits in the front seat of his Ford Focus trying to concentrate, his eyes raw from exhaustion and his tongue parched despite the tasteless chewing gum stirring in his mouth. He’s parked the car far enough up the road not to be seen, but close enough to see,

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New Short Story – Ishmael – by Ryan Licata

ISHMAEL by Ryan Licata Ishmael The drama’s done. Why then here does any one step forth? – because one did survive the wreck. The Whale, Herman Melville   But for a sharp line of first light where the drawn curtains meet, the room is dark. Ishmael stands at the window, his hand raised to the

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