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The Nonsense Brothers Detective Agency photo
November 28, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

The Nonsense Brothers Detective Agency

Steve Chang

Mondays, Mondays, Mondays!

Ha-ha! I love my wife Gwen! She's the best. Today, she sprinkled paprika in my oatmeal—to prank me I bet—and I didn’t figure it out until halfway through the bowl.

Dream Seafood Restaurant photo
November 25, 2020 | Fiction

Dream Seafood Restaurant

Matt E. Lewis

The seafood restaurant in my dreams closed down last night.

Dry-Humping Andrea Schwartz photo
November 24, 2020 | Fiction

Dry-Humping Andrea Schwartz

Eric Rosenblum

Margot and I had humped once, too, when I stopped by and Andrea wasn’t home.

Red Tractor photo
November 23, 2020 | Fiction

Red Tractor

Caleb Tankersley

I saw the whole thing from my sunroom, how the front wheel pinned his legs, shredded his muddy jeans then tore through the rest of him.

Mothers photo
November 21, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

Mothers

Zoë Ballering

When I heard the name, I was sure it held a deeper meaning. No, she said, laughing... She explained that the knot combines the features of a reef knot, a thief knot, and a granny knot. It’s a portmanteau, not a metaphor. Grief has no meaning, she said.

Rebound photo
November 20, 2020 | Fiction

Rebound

Erin Cork

I love beginnings. The clack of the wheels on a roller coaster climb, the smell of cotton candy and grease.

A Voicemail From Dad photo
November 18, 2020 | Fiction

A Voicemail From Dad

Michael Riess

"Hey Em, it's Dad. Sorry it's so early ..."

A Problem Set photo
November 17, 2020 | Fiction

A Problem Set

Lauren D. Woods

Why did Train A leave while Train B was still getting ready?

The idiopathic bloodlust of inanimate objects photo
November 14, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

The idiopathic bloodlust of inanimate objects

JR Walsh

There wasn’t a bike rack because car people owned this town. You locked up to telephone poles covered in missing cats and hoped your chain stayed chained. In the shadows of rusting delivery trucks the

Today on Dagobah, Ep. 6: "Routine" photo
November 13, 2020 | Fiction

Today on Dagobah, Ep. 6: "Routine"

Josh Sippie

As Yoda sat on a tree stump, perfectly force-carved to complement his bony exterior and knobby joints, he realized that it had been five days in a row now that he had sat on this tree stump.

Mirror Test photo
November 11, 2020 | Fiction

Mirror Test

J.T. Sutlive

We know we are eels.

THE BACKSTORY IS [NOT] THE STORY photo
November 10, 2020 | Fiction

THE BACKSTORY IS [NOT] THE STORY

Ellen Rhudy

This is a story you’ve heard before. There’s a girl, let’s call her a young woman, with [blond / brown] hair and [blue / brown] eyes. Maybe you say these details are unimportant, but you know how they

Your Ghosting Year photo
November 7, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

Your Ghosting Year

Billy Hallal

January

Your friends want to go out for New Year’s. You do not.

They prod and cajole you: come on, it’ll be fuuuuuuun.

It’s not that you don’t like going out. You will more than happily join

In Ram Corpse photo
November 4, 2020 | Fiction

In Ram Corpse

Christopher Notarnicola

"He slept among a pile of used truck tires ..."

Two Shorts photo
November 4, 2020 | Fiction

Two Shorts

Matthew Minicucci

For as long as Mark could remember, he had wanted to save someone from a wolf. He had wanted it to happen in a specific way. Peculiar even.

Thunderstorm Facts photo
November 2, 2020 | Fiction

Thunderstorm Facts

Chris Vanjonack

Thunderstorms form in dense, towering vertical clouds. The necessary factors for a storm to develop are moisture, rising unstable air, and a lifting mechanism. A single bolt of lightning is five times

Bloom photo
October 31, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

Bloom

Rebecca L. Jensen

When we worked together at his father’s diner, Tom drove an old minivan; green body with red doors. He would crank the window down and idle outside my front door. He wore a blue bandana rolled up and

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD photo
October 30, 2020 | Fiction

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD

Brandon Sanchez

I’m standing on top of Drew Barrymore’s star and the song’s issuing from a hot-purple Sony boom box someone set up a few feet away.

The Leg photo
October 29, 2020 | Fiction

The Leg

D.T. Robbins

If you cut my leg and peel away the muscle, there’s a family living inside

How To Properly Kill a Fly photo
October 26, 2020 | Fiction

How To Properly Kill a Fly

Kirsten Reneau

Step one: Hear the fly.

Goes to Town photo
October 24, 2020 | Long(ish) Stories

Goes to Town

Michelle Finkler

When I return home, Samuelson is still in the living room with his friend Jake. I hear them talking as I enter our apartment through the back door. They don’t know I’m home yet, as I had stepped out

Lenore, 30 photo
October 23, 2020 | Fiction

Lenore, 30

Mark Daniel Taylor

“Hey, are you up?”

Bekya photo
October 22, 2020 | Fiction

Bekya

Joseph Beshara

"Bekya." This is my call. It echoes through the streets.

It Be Like That Sometimes photo
October 20, 2020 | Fiction

It Be Like That Sometimes

Mallory Smart

It started thundering a bit from a dark empty sky as he, in Chicago, began messaging her, who was maybe 3000 miles away or some shit like that.

Stubb's photo
October 19, 2020 | Fiction

Stubb's

Colleen Rothman

Will’s buddy Kyle kept driving past the venue, under the interstate, down a side street where the girl knew she’d never be able to find her way back alone.

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Elizabeth Ellen

"If Elizabeth Ellen exists, I would tell her it was like she channeled the anthemic scorn of Alanis Morrisette’s “You Outta Know” through Anais Nin, in her own inimitable way. And if Elizabeth Ellen doesn’t exist, at least she can invent herself.

—John Biscello, Riot Material

currently ON SALE for $11!

Legs Get Led Astray

Chloe Caldwell

“Legs Get Led Astray is a scorching hot glitter box full of youthful despair and dark delight.”

Cheryl Strayed, author of WILD 

currently ON SALE for $9!

 

Elizabeth Ellen

Elizabeth Ellen

“[Elizabeth Ellen] is the female Love Is a Dog from Hell.”

 – Chloe Caldwell, author of Women

currently ON SALE for $8!