Monthly Archives: April 2013

THE FINAL VICTORY OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL JOHN BELL HOOD, CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, fiction by Thom Bassett

He kept the canvas tourniquet strap Canklin used to amputate his right leg at Chickamauga beneath the mattress of the twins’ crib. Anna saw him at night, leaning on the crutch, kept from his days of command, his right hand … Continue reading

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Christmas with Nola, fiction by Joey Dean Hale

Greg had been seeing Nola for over a year and a half and he was pretty sure he loved her.  At least it felt like love with all the crazy sex and good times.  They were both twenty and friends … Continue reading

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Marshmallows, fiction by Jacob Knabb

It all started like this. We were in the kitchen microwaving marshmallows, watching ‘em grow into big lumpy blobs before they exploded, when Jeannie-Gaye came home. We were nuking marshmallows because we had already run out of grapes.  Grapes were … Continue reading

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Wilfred, poem by Sandra Giedeman

He was proud of his blue tick hounds, his sixty acres of hills, hollows, creeks filled with copperheads and cottonmouths; nights utterly still except when a smell or sound riled the hounds from their sleep to bay like old mourners. … Continue reading

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The Burial of the Dead, fiction by Murray Dunlap

They shaved his beard for the funeral.  I can’t begin to understand why.  Who told them to do it?  He looked like pink-cheeked drag queen.  But the funniest thing was watching my brothers squirm in that front pew.  The four … Continue reading

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Love and Hope, poem by William Taylor Jr.

Baby we had such a good thing going back before we ruined it with all that talk of promises and dreams and all that other pretty junk that only served to break our silly hearts love and hope never brought … Continue reading

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Estuary, fiction by Caroline Kepnes

It was a bad idea, smoking up in the parking lot before going in, but it was too late now so Laura took another hit. Women were such suckers. In Laura’s next life, she’d invent Bath & Body Works and … Continue reading

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Sheldon Compton QA–The Same Terrible Storm

Sheldon Lee Compton is the author of the collection, The Same Terrible Storm, recently nominated for the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award. His work has been published widely and been four times nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and was … Continue reading

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Court Merrigan Q&A–Moondog over the Mekong

Court Merrigan is the author of the short story collection Moondog Over The Mekong (Snubnose Press) and he’s got short stories out or coming soon in Needle, Weird Tales, Plots With Guns, Shotgun Honey and Noir Nation. He is currently … Continue reading

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