Tag Archives: Fiction

Bedwetters, fiction by Misty Skaggs

The screeching and squawking next door stopped and through the evening silence, Charlene heard frogs peeping in the creek. And she heard her favorite rocking chair squeaking a little louder. She felt herself move and bob a little faster in … Continue reading

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Prime Directives, fiction by Matt Prater

 If we were all good people, we could work in perfect rhythm If worms had daggers, birds wouldn’t fuck with em – Todd Snider, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” Milton Friedman used to have this theory about the pencil, used to … Continue reading

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Hot Ticket, fiction by Larry Thacker

Pretty much every 4 am on a Tuesday found Ed loafing at the Quik Pick #2. He would slow sip coffee and flirt with Elma as much as she’d allow, all the while mindlessly shuffling through layers of tossed scratch … Continue reading

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The Gun at the End of the Night, fiction by Paul Heatley

It was Saturday night. The bar was full. Bishop didn’t like it. He didn’t like weekend drinkers. He sat alone at the corner of the counter, nursing a bottle of beer that had gone warm in his hand. A couple … Continue reading

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Gratitude, fiction by Ace Boggess

  “My breath tastes like coffee and cigarettes,” I said, smacking my tongue against the roof of my mouth in a gesture of disgust. The old man looked at me and grinned, his polished-silver beard a second, wider smile beneath … Continue reading

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The Flaming White Trash Stunt Spectacular, fiction by Seth Cherniak

  Junior sat on the wobbly metal steps of the baby roller coaster. In his left hand was a swiftly melting, toxic looking blue snow cone which had stained his dirty t-shirt, mouth, teeth and tongue. In his right hand … Continue reading

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Still Life with Tilt, fiction by C.C. Russell

(originally published in Oyster Boy Review) “I guess if my life was a painting, It’d have to be one of a girl with ratty hair playing a pinball game.”  Her head tilted back as she blew smoke into the air.  … Continue reading

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More Sideways Than Up, by Sheldon Lee Compton

Tiffany Reed pulled the hood of her sweatshirt over her forehead and kept walking. The hood covered all her hair except four inches of bangs showing roots grown out so long her hair looked only tipped with blonde dye and … Continue reading

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Whatev, fiction by Misty Skaggs

On prom morning, she was awakened by the croaky sound of Daddy’s decrepit old rooster, over the hill at the barn. Daybreak. Rose had always liked the sound of that word. And the connotations she imagined along with it. She … Continue reading

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Skinny Dogs and Spotted Horses, fiction by Catfish McDaris

Quick traded a Bowie knife and an Arkansas toothpick for a cayuse with brown clouds across its white rump. The horse looked strong and knew how to dance and fly. Quick harnessed a rope bridle and threw an old Mexican … Continue reading

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