Author Archives: Rusty

Field Fire, fiction by Paul Heatley

Bobby woke in his truck, the rim of his hat pulled low to cover his eyes. Rising sunlight hit him full in the face when he lifted it. He winced, blinked until he could handle it, then reached for the … Continue reading

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The Master Plan, by Michael Chin

Sometimes after I lift weights, my shoulders broadest, my chest thickest, my step a little slower, I picture myself as Kane. The Big Red Machine. The Demon. The Undertaker’s little brother. The brother he left for dead in a childhood … Continue reading

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Down By the River, fiction by Sarah Einstein

Daniel walked through the clusters of drunken college students as they stumbled out of the closing bars, his black wool cap pulled low and his face tucked down into the collar of the olive drab parka he’d picked up that … Continue reading

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Pluck Pluck, fiction by Catfish McDaris

After making friends with Maya on Facebook I figured she wouldn’t mind a visit. I found out where she lived and jumped on a southbound Greyhound. The worst part was avoiding peeing on myself in the skinny bathroom while hitting … Continue reading

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New Year’s Day, poem by CL Bledsoe

One of the junkies in the backseat spoke up to ask, “Should there be so much smoke behind us?” A wall of gray poured from the car. I took the first exit, wondering how far I could make it before … Continue reading

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The Hammer Not the Hog, fiction by David Jaggers

The Hammer Not the Hog “So, Mr. Brogan, it says here that you were deemed fully rehabilitated by the state.” The fat man behind the desk looks over his wire rimmed glasses at me. Scanning my scarred exterior for cracks, … Continue reading

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Chief Whitefeather Arriving Unprepared, fiction by Stefanie Freele

On the day Clive returns, four months after his last turbulent visit, Olive opens the door and can smell him, a thick mixture of burned sage and fermentation. This scent is not good, but better than the dead-body stench coming … Continue reading

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The Silence of January, fiction by Frank Reardon

Before Arnie Sandlin could drop a fistful of ice melt outside the doorway of The Ranger Lounge, his stomach exploded and he was thrown five feet across the room into a poker table. Dutchie Selby stepped into the lounge, ice … Continue reading

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Earlene and the Witch, fiction by Misty Skaggs

Ivy swaddled the sapling oak in the tattered remains of a patchwork quilt that got washed one too many times. The stuffing seeped out and clung to the young branches in worn white puffs, like tired clouds. She was careful … Continue reading

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Down by The River, poem by Charles Swanson

(A poetic comment on Breece D’J Pancake’s short story “A Room Forever”) Between cold buildings, out to the slate gray river a view as flat as old year’s end. A room, a room forever, not because of heaven— instead because … Continue reading

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