Tag: short fiction

The Letter “H” by John Sheirer

Michael felt like a cliché as he sat alone at the counter of a 24-hour diner. The time of night could best be described with the military designation, “oh-dark.” The only other people in the place were a waitress and two late-middle-aged women huddled close together in a corner booth. Michael didn’t usually drink coffee

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I’m Ushered Out With the Last of Them by Ali Roberts

I’m ushered out with the last of them, the stragglers at the FreshNet Local. There’s me, two men in long, tailored jackets carrying cardboard caddies full of corked bottles, and a tall, burly woman with a dog food sack under each arm. The blokes look like the sort who made fun of my car at

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We are all Artists by James Woolf

1. Everyday life Evan Millhauser stood watching as they stepped out of the carriage, imagining they were actors auditioning for the part of ‘Passenger getting off a train’. A woman reading an urgent message on her phone. Two students chatting about a lecture as they stepped onto the platform. A woman, tense, consumed by her

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An Unwelcome Gift by Claudia Lundahl

Emma’s mother-in-law has just sent her a package containing five pairs of lace underwear – white, gray, powder blue, rose, and beige. Emma doesn’t want to read into the gift. She knows her mother-in-law wants grandchildren and she tries not to see the package of underwear as a critique of the sex life that her

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In Just The Right Light by William R. Soldan

In Just The Right Light is a stunning collection of interconnected short stories from William R. Soldan, these stories link through sense of place, characters or events, the connections are there, they might be loose and you’ll need to pay attention but you can follow the journey of these characters, this town and its inhabitants

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Moving On by Benjamin Faro

When his sexless marriage ended in divorce, New Man started ​gathering up every last bit of himself that his body shed. Weekly, he scraped up the soap​y fuzz balls that collected in the shower drain. He swept up all the medium-length hairs that carpeted his apartment and signaled the onset of male-pattern baldness that ruined his grandfather. He

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Ringmaster by Samantha Kelly

When the Company installed me, it was with a single utility function. The Circus is a place of joy. And as Ringmaster, it is up to me to facilitate that joy. System error Joy outside acceptable parameters Reloading Ringmaster model I held my top hat in one hand and fussed over my processing unit. There

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Lovefool by Abi Hennig

The envelope flutters onto the welcome mat. She restrains herself from polite applause as she appraises it: red on the soft side of scarlet, dusted with glitter (bronze, not gold –not gaudy), perfumed with the peppery scent of geraniums and sealed with a solitary X. Lifting the billet-doux gently, between manicured finger and thumb (a

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Perpetual Dread by Brian Bowyer

  Horror – an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. Perpetual Dread is the perfect title for this books as with each turn of the page I was unsure what would face me. It is one of the darkest and most depraved books I’ve ever read – it is full on extreme horror –

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A Woman’s Guide To Breaking The Glass Ceiling By Nicola Ashbrook

Don’t shag your boss. It seems obvious but it isn’t when the only time he pays you attention is if you wear your fitted pencil skirt and stockings with seams snaking up the back of your calves. He certainly notices you then. But don’t fall for it – remember what happened at the last place

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