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The Dead Walk Backwards photo
August 1, 2007 | Fiction

The Dead Walk Backwards

Steve Finbow

The earth is deep brown and peppered with crows. Sorry-looking cows nuzzle the frozen refuge. Two mongrel dogs, skinny,... more

Crimes of the Post-Divorce Era photo
August 1, 2007 | Fiction

Crimes of the Post-Divorce Era

Diane D. Gillette

Gerry let out a loud belch and tried unsuccessfully to focus on Albert. "I've got to get her back. I... more

Secret Keepers photo
August 1, 2007 | Fiction

Secret Keepers

Teresa Tumminello Brader

What was he thinking? Any one of us could've found it. Cards, letters, notes, and worst of all, photos. A woman -- a blonde, of... more

Collision photo
August 1, 2007 | Fiction

Collision

Kathleen Lindstrom

"Are you sure?" "Of course I'm sure. I'm 43. I'm sure." "It's a big decision. It's a... more

Agnes and Ned photo
July 1, 2007 | Fiction

Agnes and Ned

Jonny Diamond

She had death in her hands, in her heart, in the americ tang of her angry sweat: she was jealous of a piece of bread. It was a dark,... more

Four Sieges photo
July 1, 2007 | Fiction

Four Sieges

Erin Fitzgerald

I. Deirdre doesn't talk to Nicole anymore, but she thinks she does. Last winter, six months went by with neither one of them... more

Nine Paragraphs about the Future (In Jacksonville, Florida) photo
July 1, 2007 | Fiction

Nine Paragraphs about the Future (In Jacksonville, Florida)

William Peterson

1. Ionization In a city where everything feels a bit belated, where the clever ones... more

Unpublished Manuscript #36 photo
July 1, 2007 | Fiction

Unpublished Manuscript #36

Joe Clifford

Kitty peeled dead flies off the screen. She squinted in the direction of the boatyard. "No boats today," she... more

Liberating Crabapples photo
June 1, 2007 | Fiction

Liberating Crabapples

Richard Osgood

Leonard Crank is an ass. He's a beer-in-a-can-drinking, White-Owl-cigar-smoking, wife-beater-wearing, greasy-haired slug.... more

The Cousinfucker photo
June 1, 2007 | Fiction

The Cousinfucker

Litsa Dremousis

"Rita, I know you've slept with one of your cousins," Mom told me this morning at brunch. My stomach kicked. I... more

It's About Time photo
June 1, 2007 | Fiction

It's About Time

Martin Dodd

He sits in his chair, absently running his fingers through his thinning white hair. She hunches on the sofa, quivering, holding a... more

Snakes & Ladders photo
June 1, 2007 | Fiction

Snakes & Ladders

Michael Loughrey

A ticket to watch Cindy do her striptease cost a dollar and an ice cream. Terms and conditions of business were: 1) The... more

Proofreader photo
May 1, 2007 | Fiction

Proofreader

Jeff Landon

1 My father’s ashes clumped on the way to Smith Mountain Lake—it was probably the humidity. We had transferred his ashes... more

Transit photo
May 1, 2007 | Fiction

Transit

Laura van den Berg

Dina stood on the edge of the platform. She liked to feel the rush of the subway as it roared past. It was midnight. She was coming from a... more

Lake-Effect Snow photo
May 1, 2007 | Fiction

Lake-Effect Snow

Sean Mills

The next morning, you get a call from the Days Inn Akron South and he tells you he’s been in an accident. He is unhurt but... more

Overhanded photo
May 1, 2007 | Fiction

Overhanded

Amy Minton

He smokes overhanded like a soldier. She notices that right away. He's hiding the glowing ember in the cup of his hand just like... more

Daisuke Matsuzaka's Other Legendary Talents photo
April 1, 2007 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Daisuke Matsuzaka's Other Legendary Talents

Christopher Monks

“Matsuzaka’s pitching motion is an elegant haiku, beauty captured in three parts... more

Sandy Koufax 1964 photo
April 1, 2007 | BASEBALL, Fiction

Sandy Koufax 1964

Litsa Dremousis

Mark took a pencil out of his royal blue gym bag. He hunted for a scrap of notebook paper, something to write on, but all he could... more

And It's Outta Here photo
April 1, 2007 | BASEBALL, Fiction

And It's Outta Here

Caryn Rose

It's the middle of May, and the temperature has leveled off at a balmy 42 degrees at 7:30 p.m . This is why there were... more

First Person, Unreliable photo
March 1, 2007 | Fiction

First Person, Unreliable

Ian F. King

Outside the apartment I'm leaving, in a spread out triangle of park benches on an oversized traffic island lined around... more

Scenes from the Elephant Garden photo
March 1, 2007 | Fiction

Scenes from the Elephant Garden

J. R. Salling

Eadweard Muybridge invented the photographic process called stop-motion photography, his most famous a series of... more

For Everything Else there is Mastercard photo
March 1, 2007 | Fiction

For Everything Else there is Mastercard

Tadzio Yuko

The man wiped his mouth with a silk handkerchief embroidered with his initials ($75.- a piece). He had just... more

Banned from the Hospice photo
March 1, 2007 | Fiction

Banned from the Hospice

Stefani Nellen

That day, when the nurses hugged her and welcomed her to the hospice, it all came together. Silke belonged here. She... more

List of 50 (3 of 50): Defective Database Partition photo
February 1, 2007 | Fiction

List of 50 (3 of 50): Defective Database Partition

Blake Butler

1. When I was sixteen I wrote a poem that started: As the years press down, I will remember... more

Forever Girl photo
February 1, 2007 | Fiction

Forever Girl

Kirk Farber

Carl Harlon had a singular, stunning thought as he balanced himself against the carnival’s bright orange plastic storm... more

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Saul Stories

Elizabeth Ellen

a set of linked stories with some of the same characters from Person/a and a lot of new ones and the world is the same but different from the world in Person/a and the stories take place in a year absent from Person/a. if that makes sense. contains the Pushcart Prize winning story "Teen Culture" from American Short Fiction, if that's something that moves you to buy books. <3

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Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

FOUR NEW ESSAYS BY CHLOE CALDWELL! Plus the original essays that made you fall in love with Chloe!