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From the Vault: Fitzhugh Falls by Todd Cantrell photo
December 28, 2012 | from the vault, Fiction

From the Vault: Fitzhugh Falls by Todd Cantrell

Jensen Beach looks back at Todd Cantrell's "Fitzhugh Falls" from Hobart January '11.

Lexus photo
December 25, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Lexus

Dave Housley

Cynthia wakes to coffee smell and the sounds of William getting breakfast ready for the kids. She closes her eyes and for a moment, it is as if everything is normal. Like last Christmas, the one

Elliptical photo
December 20, 2012 | Fiction

Elliptical

Ross McMeekin

Lugging along next to me on the elliptical is an older gentleman – about the age my dad would have been – wearing two high-tech knee braces, fit with gears and everything, and what looks like an old-fashioned weight belt. He’s a regular at the fitness center, same as me. We’ve acknowledged each other on occasion and said a thing or two in the sauna, but never a real question-and-answer. I’ve always wondered about his knees.

Bad Guy photo
December 18, 2012 | Fiction

Bad Guy

Elliot Sanders

Bad guy has no luck.  Here he is walking the aisles of the home and garden center, checking hoses for flexibility, thickness.  

Luc Bustomanta photo
December 17, 2012 | Fiction

Luc Bustomanta

Becky Tuch

When it starts to rain we cross the street. I don’t know where we’re going, but something warm and scattered is jumping underneath my skin. He leads me to the door of an apartment building, nudges me onto its small step. Then, smooth as a cloud moving across the sky, he presses his body against mine.

The Way We Sleep Blog Tour photo
December 16, 2012 | Fiction

The Way We Sleep Blog Tour

The Way We Sleep, an anthology of prose, comics, interviews, all about how we spend our time in and around beds was published this month by Chicago's Curbside Splendor. Currently on a "blog tour"

A.D.T. photo
December 12, 2012 | Fiction

A.D.T.

Linda McCullough Moore

The A.D.T. man has only come to fix the security system, check each connect, repair the wire that’s frayed, reprogram the alarm before he drives off to do the same thing three blocks over. He wants no part in these people’s lives, he has no heart to join their quest for the secure, their rich man fantasy they can protect themselves, if only they will pay.

Three Stories photo
December 11, 2012 | Fiction

Three Stories

Sarah Ciston

We imagine all nightmare scenarios, where you do not text us back because you are dead, and won’t we look insensitive for imagining that you hate us.

Kentucky Fried Chicken photo
December 9, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Dave Housley

You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time in the evening. But here you are, and you cannot say the terrain is entirely unfamiliar. You are at a party, talking to a

EXT: ABQ, DAY, TIME-LAPSING INTO NIGHT photo
December 7, 2012 | Breaking Bad fiction

EXT: ABQ, DAY, TIME-LAPSING INTO NIGHT

PR Griffis

Aaron “Jesse Pinkman” Paul and Mister White (aka Heisenberg, aka Walt, aka Bryan “Malcolm’s Dad” Cranston) are making meth in a cavernous and secret meth-cave.

Your Gedanken Collection photo
December 6, 2012 | Fiction

Your Gedanken Collection

Kenton K Yee

You win the Nobel Prize for the photoelectric effect but your relativity theory is what makes you famous.

Road Snacks photo
December 4, 2012 | Fiction

Road Snacks

Heidi Diehl

The prison is a test market—a closed circuit, a place where candymakers can focus on the choices made when options are limited. Research into what people will eat when they have nowhere to go.

The Fear of Secretarial Errors photo
December 3, 2012 | Fiction

The Fear of Secretarial Errors

Rupprecht Mayer (Translation by Kenneth Kronenberg)

On the one hand, it was tough for Tessa to be let go by the Internet company, but it meant that she could now fulfill a long-deferred dream. She opened her mountain office on a pasture just above

Intuit GoPayment photo
December 2, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Intuit GoPayment

Dave Housley

 

Derek barely slows down at intersections. Not anymore. Not since we got that card reader and “set out toward the sun.”

Right now, we’re somewhere in Virginia or North Carolina, barreling

A Change of Seasons photo
November 29, 2012 | Fiction

A Change of Seasons

Nathan Oates

No one called it a plague at first.  We weren’t the kind of people who used words like that, words heavy with the suggestion of some greater force, but the idea was there, almost from the beginning, skittering around in the back of my head, peeking out into the light.

A Multitude of Chairs photo
November 27, 2012 | Fiction

A Multitude of Chairs

Michael Magnes

The table is in the room and the room has a table in it

Whistle photo
November 26, 2012 | Fiction

Whistle

William VanDenBerg

At 32 she whistled for the first time and was alarmed by her talent.

All God's Children photo
November 21, 2012 | Fiction

All God's Children

Tawnysha Greene

On the day we come with Daddy down the mountain, Momma wakes us up early while Daddy's still asleep, pulls out white poster boards, markers from the closet, and together, we draw babies. Heads with black eyes, bodies curled, hands in mouths, a blue cord running from their bellies to somewhere off the page.

Husbands, Wives, Husbands, Children, and Wives photo
November 19, 2012 | Fiction

Husbands, Wives, Husbands, Children, and Wives

Beau Golwitzer

A tiny husband lay in a pool of blood beneath him.

Subway photo
November 18, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Subway

Dave Housley

The first thing was, everybody’s voices changed. Not changed deeper, like puberty. This was changing back: they went high, squeaky, like we were seven years old again. This is right after we all

Wash Theory photo
November 14, 2012 | Fiction

Wash Theory

Anthony Varallo

Plates, large:
Stack in bottom row.  Front side should face the rinse cylinder.  Do not face plates away from the rinse cylinder.   Do not stack in top row.  If washing by hand, make sure to wash

Brief Encounters With Famous Women, Famous Men, Fictional Men photo
November 13, 2012 | Fiction

Brief Encounters With Famous Women, Famous Men, Fictional Men

Roxane Gay and xTx

Morgan Freeman makes me cry.

It's a Story She Hasn't Told Him Yet Because She Knows What It Will Make Him Do photo
November 7, 2012 | Fiction

It's a Story She Hasn't Told Him Yet Because She Knows What It Will Make Him Do

Sarah Marshall

He was her first virgin, and he waited to do it in a bed.

Elbows photo
November 5, 2012 | Fiction

Elbows

Zachary Tyler Vickers

Ian’s mother warned him about jumping on the mattress.

Miller Lite photo
November 4, 2012 | Commercial Fiction

Miller Lite

Dave Housley

We were taking shots at the bar before the bar, pre-gaming, game-facing. We did a round of jaeger bombs and Fixer knocked some dap and went outside for a smoke.

Recent Books

Exit, Carefully

Elizabeth Ellen

"I loved reading Exit, Carefully. It’s unusual, and in my opinion exciting, to publish a play without previously receiving a major production."

                      -Walker Caplan, Lithub

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

 

Garielle Lutz is the author of The Complete Gary Lutz, among other books.