STORY: ‘Unseen by Hands’ by Michael Penkas

I was not attracted to Abigail Crichton because of her appearance; though she was beautiful. . . by the standards of the moment. But I have photographed so many beautiful women and feel no more amorous longing for them than for the architecture and animals and landscapes which have proven equally stunning subjects. Her beauty… Continue reading STORY: ‘Unseen by Hands’ by Michael Penkas

STORY: ‘The Curse of the Golden Handcuffs’ by Eliyanna Kaiser

 Old Goose has more than a few tales aimed at brainwashing little boys and girls into believing that gold can’t buy happiness. What the old bird so conveniently leaves out is that poverty gets you nothing but misery. Take Grimstubble, the leprechaun who owns my building. With him, you get the feeling that coin isn’t… Continue reading STORY: ‘The Curse of the Golden Handcuffs’ by Eliyanna Kaiser

STORY: ‘Sonata in B Negative’ by Jack Hillman

  Allegro: Fast   He felt his blood sing as he moved through the crowd. Various harmonies called to him from around the room, buoying his spirit as he searched for a partner for the night. His thoughts spun with visions of thigh, shoulder, and curve of breast as he moved among the dancers. A… Continue reading STORY: ‘Sonata in B Negative’ by Jack Hillman

STORY: ‘The Wampus Mask’ by Asher Elbein

  Anna O’Brien could never say how she knew that something was wrong. It was not the first time she’d woken to find the other side of the bed empty of all but tangled sheets and his musky scent; Tom often left in the earliest morning, sliding out of bed carefully so as not to… Continue reading STORY: ‘The Wampus Mask’ by Asher Elbein

STORY: ‘Sanctuary’ by E. L. Kemper

The alligator in the Tilly hat leered. As its thumb rocked back over its shoulder in an endless clockwork gesture, its eye winked, inviting one and all to the attraction which lurked just beyond its knobbed back. “You guys are kidding. This is about the cheesiest one we’ve seen so far,” Stacey said from the… Continue reading STORY: ‘Sanctuary’ by E. L. Kemper

STORY: ‘The Other White Meat’ by Paul G. Bens, Jr.

  Winters in Benison’s Pass, Kentucky, were a real bitch. They were long, frigid and boring, and the ever expanding drifts of snow made controlling a cherry-red ‘67 Mustang dangerous business, especially when you’ve only been driving for a little over a year. But tonight was February 19th, 1992, an extra special night, and Tony… Continue reading STORY: ‘The Other White Meat’ by Paul G. Bens, Jr.

STORY: ‘Escape from Psych Class’ by Shaun Lawton

Prelude Our professor regarded us from under a wiry shock of blond hair. He gripped a clipboard in his right hand, to which were attached his notes for this lecture. His voice, though a little raspy, was underlined with a fair amount of conviction. It held most of the classroom spellbound, though I suspected at… Continue reading STORY: ‘Escape from Psych Class’ by Shaun Lawton

STORY: ‘STRANGER THAN LIFE: A POST MORTEM’ by BRUCE MEMBLATT

  Craig Watson had no idea he was going to die that day. It was just yesterday when he and his wife walked down the same street. Janice was wearing the same skirt; the black one with the pleats. Crossing Ninth Avenue, because they parked on Tenth, Craig first spotted them out of the corner… Continue reading STORY: ‘STRANGER THAN LIFE: A POST MORTEM’ by BRUCE MEMBLATT

Thirteen Reasons not to read John Shirley’s Collection, In Extremis

In Extremis: The Most Extreme Short Stories of John Shirley John Shirley Underland Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9826639-4-3 $14.95   If you have any interest in the work of John Shirley, and you fancy yourself as a punk rock, DIY, iconoclastic misfit who hates being told what to do, then I’m not going to tell you… Continue reading Thirteen Reasons not to read John Shirley’s Collection, In Extremis