Extractions

The full body scan announced cancer in her lower left quadrant. She took the handheld and found the almost imperceptible node deep in her shin. The last one had been in her knee and her thigh before that…. Read More

Sleeping Beauty

After 551 years she woke to the earthy pungence. She shook her long, dark hair, stretched her limbs and tried to walk, following the scent. Her embroidered gown and simple headdress stood out, and the tall buildings and… Read More

Ministry of Presence

Leah Erickson’s “Ministry of Presence” is a haunting tale of memory and need, set on an anonymous tropical island and playing out amidst devouring change. Rebellion and fire sweep across the land, the ash settling “in soft drifts and mounds almost up to the windowsills of the old folk’s home.”

The Men

By James W. Hritz OMG, WTF?!?! Ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is a surrealist barnburner that gets out the gate with a full pack of existential whatever, and brings it home with a whopper sunsplashed psych-o-delic… Read More

The Maid’s Dream (dream/life 2)

Lately she’d been waking with the sense of having an important dream forgotten in the moment of opening her eyes. The dream would be transformative if only she could remember it. Each day as she slipped on her… Read More

The Girl and the Stone (dream/life 1)

By Peg Alford Pursell (In this first installment of a triptych of very short tales, Peg Alford Pursell explores how memory and dreams transform everyday reality. Her work is muted but luminous, full of open-eyed marvel and a… Read More