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Pectorals photo
December 23, 2019 | Fiction

Pectorals

Matt Boyarsky

We do Christmas Eve at our mom’s.

I’ve never seen Die Hard …  photo
December 23, 2019 | Fiction

I’ve never seen Die Hard … 

Jiordan Castle

I want to say, Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker, and mean it.

A Pretty Good Cowboy photo
December 23, 2019 | Fiction

A Pretty Good Cowboy

Megan Premo

People used to tell my father they looked alike, he and Bruce, and I suppose it was true.

This Mom I Know photo
December 21, 2019 | Fiction

This Mom I Know

Lisa Lerner

Betty's son Jonah is convulsing in the kitchen and there are fifty ways he could die.

New Decay photo
December 18, 2019 | Fiction

New Decay

Cassidy McFadzean

He tells me I have a lot of fear. He tells me I have a lot of hurt. He says someone really did a number on me, that I’m a really hurt person. 

Karina photo
December 17, 2019 | Fiction

Karina

Caroline Knecht

I was in my third year of high school and I felt apocalyptic. Mine was a violent kind of nihilism. I spent a lot of time seething.

Instant Legend photo
December 13, 2019 | Fiction

Instant Legend

Kevin M. Kearney

"He’s trying to tell you that he’s cool,” Jay said. “He’d probably buy us beer.”

Prepared photo
December 11, 2019 | Fiction

Prepared

Carla Sarett

I guess Steve felt if we were "together-together," I'd watch every film he liked, hang on his every word, which I didn't even do for my husband who wasn't passionate about anything.

Joyride photo
December 4, 2019 | Fiction

Joyride

Elizabeth Victoria Aldrich

She crushes up some blow with a MAC compact and does a line, her anger switching off instantly. She resurfaces on a genial plateau of euphoric haze.

100 Ways to Propose to a Married Woman: An Excerpt from GITANES photo
December 2, 2019 | Fiction

100 Ways to Propose to a Married Woman: An Excerpt from GITANES

Fawzy Zablah

I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t want to suffer. I love her. I love her very much. 

Kinship With All Life  photo
November 29, 2019 | Fiction

Kinship With All Life 

Stephen Thomas

When Robert was small, it seemed like he didn’t quite see people. It wasn’t that he disliked people; it was just that he was more interested in igniting, with matches, small patches of grass soaked in gasoline. 

Enthusiasm photo
November 28, 2019 | Fiction

Enthusiasm

Steve Anwyll

I think about her. A faint yellow light from the street falls on the floor.

Extract from 'Dead Parents' photo
November 26, 2019 | Fiction

Extract from 'Dead Parents'

Gabriel Smith

When the estate agent arrived I was asleep. I thought about not letting them in. They knocked on the door three times. But I knew that my brother would be pissed if I did not let them in. So I went downstairs and opened the door.

First Communion photo
November 22, 2019 | Fiction

First Communion

Lauren Sarazen

Avez-vous trouvé tout ce que vous cherchez? the checker asks.

Nine Lives photo
November 21, 2019 | Fiction

Nine Lives

Kaely Horton

I murdered the cat on a Tuesday and by Wednesday morning I was back to work, saying nothing to anyone, scanning milk cartons and zucchinis and rolls of toilet paper.

Dennison photo
November 20, 2019 | Fiction

Dennison

Joseph Grantham

Something bad happened. I sat on the bed. Tammy was under the bed but I didn’t know that. And the mattress is held up by wooden slats but the slats weren’t cut long enough, so they barely hold up the mattress and if you shift your position on the bed, there is a good chance that the slats will move out of place in the frame and the mattress will fall through the frame. And that’s what happened. The bad thing.

I Used to Watch Touched By An Angel with my Grandmother on CBS photo
November 19, 2019 | Fiction

I Used to Watch Touched By An Angel with my Grandmother on CBS

Josh Sherman

When she died, she just wasn’t there. I had to ask about her. She wasn’t in the usual place.

I Think We're Alone Now photo
November 18, 2019 | Fiction

I Think We're Alone Now

Sionnain Buckley

Across the vacant middle seat an old man is sleeping through all of this, chin to collarbone, neck bent at a right angle.

Fulcrum photo
November 15, 2019 | Fiction

Fulcrum

Devin Jacobsen

I forget how many jobs I got let go from and how many houses picked me up, sheets and everything, and dumped me around the corner until some other work, some other roof overhead, seemed to gather me up and dropped me hence. 

The Census photo
November 14, 2019 | Fiction

The Census

Sam Price

And any of the people that had been counted correctly, including me, could move or die, making the incorrect count accurate once again, if only for a moment.

Search photo
November 13, 2019 | Fiction

Search

Cara Benson

I am in a storehouse of answers, am I not? I head for the reference desk even though there's no one behind the counter.

DUCKBIRD photo
November 12, 2019 | Fiction

DUCKBIRD

Brian Kelly

No one comes. I walk up to the bike. The seat’s taller than my bike.

A Temporary Addiction photo
November 11, 2019 | Fiction

A Temporary Addiction

Michael Don

I don’t smoke, I called out, but no one heard me, and I sounded uncertain. 

Ode to Divorce photo
November 4, 2019 | Fiction

Ode to Divorce

Amy Suzanne Parker

Larger currency-pills plink in an “I Hate Mondays” coffee cup. No one knows who that cup belongs to.

Black Dirt photo
October 31, 2019 | Fiction

Black Dirt

Harris Lahti

The grass here is incessant.

Recent Books

Nudes

Elle Nash

“Transgressive and immediate: you feel these stories shoot through and wrap around you.” 

             - Kyle F. Williams, Full Stop Magazine

 

Worsted

Garielle Lutz

“Lutz’s work is a marvel of the possibilities of language.  Each of her sentences is an intricately crafted thing, deeply complex yet crystalline in its clarity . . . her command of each and every word remains supreme.” --Mira Braneck, The Paris Review Daily

"Worsted sees the undeniable unicorn of the American sentence sprout pearlescent, fractally chiseled wings and take flight like Pegasus over the letters landscape."  --Big Bruiser Dope Boy

 

Her Lesser Work

Elizabeth Ellen

"Her Lesser Work is far and away my favorite of your books, and 'G.O.A.T' in particular is a blast of brilliance."

     -Garielle Lutz

"Um, is 'Plant Hospital' both the hottest story and the hottest piece of literary gossip of the decade?!"

     -Rebecca van Laer