Tag: Short story

FICTION: Quakers and Energy Drinks by Gregory T. Janetka

The generic flavor/non-flavor of the energy drink hit my mouth and the cold and the carbon dioxide let me know this was a good decision, at least for the next hour. I had started in on these damn things again and they were everywhere and convenient and I was going to stop but the clock

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FICTION: The Persian Queen by Vashti Kashian-Smith

It’s a lake, this one; an oval of the finest Venetian silver-coated glass, framed in white and yellow gold, which twists and turns into the patterns of grass, leaves, delicate flower-stems topped with gemstones – petals – of every colour. An oasis, for his desert princess. The Persian Queen looks at it, for a moment,

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INTERVIEW: Callan Wink

Callan Wink CALLAN WINK was born in Michigan in 1984 and now works as a fishing guide on the Yellowstone River in Montana. His work has been published in the New Yorker, Granta, and The Best American Short Stories. Your short stories have been likened to the words of Richard Ford, Annie Proulx, Thomas McGuane,

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FICTION: Nice Ride by Claire Doble

We weren’t supposed to end up in the bath. It was one of those intense blue afternoons where it’s almost too hot in the sunshine but disconcertingly dark and shivery when you step indoors. The kind of afternoon you get in Melbourne in early spring. But this was Sydney, autumn. I was sitting out on

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FICTION: Turtleneck by Andrew Carter

The disaster was, in no small part, down to a jumper I was wearing. I have benefited from my brother’s hand-me-downs many times over the years but on this occasion, I fell afoul of our age gap and generational fashion fads. When John was sixteen, Take That were famous the first time around and curtain

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FICTION: Waking Up Is Hard To Do by Richard Hillesley

When I was seventeen I came south to find a job. I took my belongings in a bag, hitching down the Great North Road with hope and trepidation in my heart. I had a bad time of it and was left to stand by the road throughout the night. A car picked me up in

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FICTION: The Renewal By Matthew John Fletcher

‘Unfortunately, there is no mistake,’ she said, closing the file. He stared at the woman, wondering whether she was enjoying this, his particular case. She continued, ‘The insurance lapsed at the end of May. We sent you three reminder letters and one of our representatives tried to call on-,‘ She opened the file again, ‘April

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FICTION: The Nature of Wounds by Sascha Aurora Akhtar

Flowers know well the art of falling As when the night storm blows Yet the world Sees not how beautiful Falling is. Yukio Mishima Tr. Author   The house was set upon the placid Lake of Aegis, a remote locale surrounded by the Apperinian Hills. The seasons were prominent here, a change from their life

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FICTION: Your Life In Review by Daley Nixon

This letter confirms the basic terms of the agreement (“Agreement”) between Paragon Pictures (“Producer” and you (parent of the “Author”) with regard to certain rights in and to the deceased’s life story including without limitation, as depicted in the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram timelines written by the author and first published [in the United Kingdom]

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FICTION: El Centauro by Steve Passey

I ran into my boy Jonesy outside of Teach’s Barbershop. He was going in, I was going out. We were both there for the beard conditioner. Teach’s makes their own. It has hempseed oil, jojoba, frankincense – ingredients that are organic and holy and pure, and all in an amber-tinted glass bottle to better protect

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