Fiction from Melissa Goode

Fiction from Melissa Goode

Photo by Tim Mossholder Pretenders The water rushes to our feet, creeping up our ankles, and disappears again. Gravity shifts, the ground flying away from beneath us. I lean on your arm. It is the first time I have touched you in ninety-six days and the blood surges below your skin. It does. What I […]

Fictions from Marvin Shackelford

Fictions from Marvin Shackelford

Photo by Ryan Wallace Nashville The city swallows the stars. It swallows swampland and pasture and sends the hills into hiding. Its breath rattles. Out of its mouth drives an armored convoy bearing missiles, sandbags, rations, maps, ransoms, the missives of every war we ever might fight. From my front door I see them march […]

Cross-Genre Watercolor from Robert James Russell

Cross-Genre Watercolor from Robert James Russell

Blue Heron . . Robert James Russell is the author of the novellas Mesilla (Dock Street Press) and Sea of Trees (Winter Goose Publishing), and the chapbook Don’t Ask Me to Spell It Out (WhiskeyPaper Press). He is a founding editor of the literary journals Midwestern Gothic and CHEAP POP. You can find him online […]

Nonfiction from Jonathan Gleason

Nonfiction from Jonathan Gleason

Image via Pixabay Annotations 1. “I’m sending you a copy of our family tree,” my mother wrote to me one spring, after a series of deaths in our family had convinced her of the importance of heritage. Her cousin was the last person to die before she finished—collapsed on a hiking trail while out for […]

Fiction from Suzanne Samples

Fiction from Suzanne Samples

Photo by Stefano Zocca Water Signs No one ever talks about him, you say. When the pastor listed him at Dad’s funeral, I couldn’t figure out who he was. At least ten years younger than the rest of us, you do not remember. You do not remember the shoebox casket, the shivering January shoulders, the […]

Fiction from Lee Hamblin

Fiction from Lee Hamblin

Photo by rawpixel In-Locked-Out Asleep Soft fingers brush across my forehead like whispers of love. A voice. A man’s voice, yes, tranquil, yes, but only on the surface. I know you can hear me, he says. Footsteps approach. The hand pulls away sharply. The same voice, though now turned elsewhere and unmasked. They ran a […]

Fiction from Amy Lee Lillard

Fiction from Amy Lee Lillard

Photo by Federico Beccari Pretty Girls Make Graves . HER “Rosie.” In a message of static, the name was clear. “Rosie.” Forty nine seconds, the message ran. From an unknown number with a distant area code. When I first played it, on the way to the small cabin off Route 84, I was only half-listening. […]

Fiction from C.B. Auder

Fiction from C.B. Auder

Photo by Bruce Jastrow Chipper If I could fly away. Or never need sleep. Because it’s in my dreams that I murder my mother, get dive-bombed by my brother. Crash into glass walls, race the rails of stilt-legged stairs, stalk the bamboo-caged gloom of snake-filled snares and taxonomy halls. I thrill to hug my pets, […]

Poetry from Richard Fox

Poetry from Richard Fox

Photo by Gianni Zanato You Followed the Moon on Its Wane or Wax You followed the moon on its wane or wax; stood on the wall of the canyon & waited for your echo to come back. When it did no such thing, you crawled with such care along the ledge. You tended the sheep […]

Poetry from Kristen Wheatley

Poetry from Kristen Wheatley

Photo by Henry Be The Dandelion Assimilate into the green pastures Expand your yellow bloom sprouted from the freed seed growth is your doom. To open up and show your beauty, but the world calls you a weed so, you confine yourself only to then grow 170 wings. . . Kristen Wheatley resides in Frankfort, […]