Issue #10: April, 2011

HOODWINKEDby Nigel Bird John Campion was always going to do well for himself. Everyone knew it. Day he packed up and left for college we didn’t reckon on seeing him ever again, not if them tutors could get him to tell stories the way he did down at the tavern. Like he’d swallowed the blarney […]

Issue #9: March, 2011

LET’S MAKE A DEALby Scotch Rutherford The Glitz Bus ran twice a day, Anaheim to the Neon City. It was a four and a half hour trek, and at $69.95 round trip with comps included, it was a real steal. There was always a 60 minute window between the arrival of the junket dropping off, […]

Issue #8: February, 2011

SLAY RIDEby Mark Joseph Kiewlak She was tied up on the seat next to me. Her legs were handcuffed. The car was moving fast. I think her name was Lily. “Don’t be afraid, Lily,” I said. “I won’t let them hurt you.” One of them smirked. The one on the passenger side. Outside, scenery flew […]

Issue #7: January, 2011

The Ballad of Jimmie Jazzby Tony Deans “The fucker cut off his ears then chopped off his head”. The words rang sharply through the ears of Jimmy Jazz. Jazz was a tall man, slowly riding the train of time to middle age. A dirty fighter, he had only ever lost one fight and that was […]

Issue #6: December, 2010

          ***Winner of the 2011 Spinetingler Award for Best Short Story on the Web*** TIMES PASTby Matthew C. Funk Alvin knew even before Jay’s body had stopped shoving blood onto the asphalt that he had to get up. Jay’s dead limbs and the stink of new murder and the heat were heavy on Alvin, but […]

Issue #5: November, 2010

DISABILITY, INC.By Garnett Elliot Stanley met Chas in the waiting room of Dr. Zaleski’s office. Stanley was feeling more than a little conspicuous, what with his level three sex offender ankle bracelet and the fact that his hands were cuffed—in front of him, at least. Chas didn’t seem to mind. He had a big bandage […]

Issue #4: October, 2010

EVEN SVENby Mike Toomey The phone rang. ‘Hello?’‘You know who this is?’‘Keep talking, I’ll see if I can figure it out.’‘I’m a guy you used to know.’‘Okay.’‘You still working?’Pause.‘I said—‘‘I know.’Pause.‘Do you know if you’re still working or not?’Pause.‘Yeah. I mean, I got a job-job but if the right thing were to come along, yeah, […]

Issue #3: September, 2010

OPEN ROADS AND FREEBIRDSby JJ Kinni When I was ten I took off. The wind scooped me up and took me clear from the backwaters of Louisiana, and propelled me on a path rarely traveled. Just ten and I was already taking to my own way of living. Of course my more formative years were […]

Issue #2: August 2010

THE GREAT WHYDINIby David Cranmer “Remember, Frank, we have very little oxygen left. So this will have to be the final run-through of your act.” He paused, looking at the magician, “You sure you don’t want me to go down with you again?” “I love the way you practice your lines, Jay, even when there’s […]

Issue #1: July 2010

METHAMPHETAMINE AND A SHOTGUNby Alec Cizak With respect to Chester Himes. Debbie had been over earlier. She laid out a couple of rails. They topped off the crank with a joint she rolled with papers decorated like the American flag. After burning down Old Glory, they got busy on Ethan’s bed. He only came once. […]