Tag: Stories

NOVEL SERIALISATION: Parade by Michael Graves; Chapter One – ‘Genesis’ (Part Three)

* Reggie spots Maria’s corn cart steaming on the sidewalk. He sees buttered cobs, silk, pails, root beer, salt shakers, napkins, salsa. “Hey, Reggie,” Maria calls out. She jiggles, clad in shorts and towering heels. Stray whiffs of corn stalk the atmosphere, swabbing Reggie’s face. “Hey, Maria,” he replies. She pumps and twirls beside her

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NOVEL SERIALISATION: Parade by Michael Graves; Chapter One – ‘Genesis’ (Part Two)

* Reggie waves to the receptionist. Jo Jo leans through the fingerprinted Plexiglas window. “Your father came to see Dr. Dann this morning,” she says. “For his toe.” “Is he okay?” Reggie asks. “Yeah. It’s just swollen. And he’s, like, gained four more pounds.” “Really?” Her frizzed ponytail swings sideways. “He just keeps getting bigger

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FICTION: The Towel by Wayne Turmel

“You’re up on points. Don’t be a dumbass.” Big Bill’s leathery hand slapped his son Billy upside the head, making his head ring, which was more than Mendoza had been able to do through five rounds. The Mexican in the other corner was old and slow and looked like he wanted to get the hell

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NOVEL SERIALISATION: Parade by Michael Graves; Chapter One – ‘Genesis’ (Part One)

With gratitude to Chelsea Station Editions and Michael Graves, we are honoured to present the first Chapter of Michael’s debut novel; Parade. Over the course of the next five days you can read a week-long serialisation of Chapter One; ‘Genesis’. Enjoy… * Morning cracks to life. The custard-colored sky douses Reggie Lauderdale. He sleeps, a rosary

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GUEST POST: Story Detour By Michelle Blair Wilker

As a little girl I used to ride a marigold school bus with plastic seats that were dappled into pine. The rows lined up into a precise marching order. The journey home was long, so I trudged to the back and tucked in against the window, crossing my fingers for a solo ride. The sun

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FICTION: Interview with a Button-Eyed Rabbit by Dan Patton

You’re sitting on a grown-up chair in a small room, arms folded defiantly on the table in front of you. Opposite you, Mr Rabbit is asking the questions. It doesn’t take a genius to guess that this is not going to end well. “Max, how old you were when Jakey pushed Beth down the stairs?”

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NON-FICTION: A Life Like Everybody Else’s by Christine A. Brooks

Once upon a time, a young girl, skinnier than most, plucked clay pigeons off the ground of a mostly empty rifle range while her father poured himself another beer at the lodge down the hill, just out of sight. As the brisk wind turned her spindly arms to chicken skin, she wished for a life

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FICTION: The Worst Thing by Abby Rosmarin

I. Caroline Caroline sat in the metal chair in the hallway of the hospital, legs crossed at the ankles, hands in her lap, her eyes staring at the tiles in front of her. So much she would have to do. There were phone calls she would need to make. She would need to contact funeral

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FICTION: Party in the Uncanny Valley by Frank Morris

They appeared at the crepuscular hour, as shadows on the forested slopes. Starving deer startled from the western escarpment, and lost sheep were chased from the dale to the east as the dark forms descended into the valley in search of the party between the hills. Amongst the ghostly courses were diverse forms of body

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FICTION: Inciting Insight by Soramimi Hanarejima

Her tongue is bruised—swollen and tender for several days now. Because she’s been biting it during the evenings she spends with the anti-historians. Because she was afraid thoughts wouldn’t be enough to restrain it. So she used her teeth to hold her tongue back from the fervent articulation of the concerns and dissenting sentiments building

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