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Short Stories | July 30, 2017

Monsters in Times Square by Sarah Beaudette

     When New Mickey showed up in front of the Visitors Center on 7th, he wouldn’t give our little welcoming committee the time of day. Just stood there under the Jumbotron, his glossy mask a highway of pink and orange light.      The first thing I noticed was his getup. Most Times Square characters are Party City amateurs, Halloween trick-or-treat motherfuckers like your Spidermans and your Batmans with bagged out knees and nicotine stains. Then there’s the professionals, like your boy Pluto. I saved all the money from my Batman days and sent away for a good Pluto from Peru: carved foam,

Short Stories | July 29, 2017

How Your New Neighbors Arrive by Jeffrey Gibbs

The old neighbors had been hiding in the basement since last month after the unmarked white Tauruses started roaming the streets with their surveillance devices. Family by family, night after night, we watched people arrive at three in the morning, the hour the door was unlocked. The women led the children by the hand down the stairs into the subterranean darkness where they hoped they’d be safe and secret. The men carried weapons just in case—hand guns, kitchen knives, broken broom handles. We’d wondered if we should go, too. Each night at three, we had asked ourselves this from under

Short Stories | July 29, 2017

The Island, Language, and # Taboo by Saul Lemerond

About the author:

Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Saul Lemerond is a third year PhD student at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where he is the assistant to the Director of Creative Writing. His book Kayfabe and Other Stories was published by One Wet Shoe Press in 2013. His poetry, non-fiction, and short stories have also been published in Gigantic Sequins, Dunesteef, Drabblecast, Notes Magazine, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Conium Review Innovative Short Fiction Contest and the Gigantic Sequins Flash Fiction Contest.

Short Stories | October 22, 2016

The Plateau by Nicholas Roth

Nick Roth attended UCLA and the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. His stories have appeared or are upcoming in Failbetter, The Forge Literary Magazine, Shooter Literary Magazine, Flexible Persona, Rivet Journal, Duende, Your Impossible Voice, Punchnels, Feathertale, and Prick of the Spindle. He lives in Los Angeles.

Short Stories | July 21, 2016

The Gulf of Pass by Jessica Lee Richardson

Jessica Lee Richardson’s first book of stories, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (FC2, 2015) won the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and was longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award. Her shorts and poems won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald museum and have been featured online at The Short Form, Ploughshares, and the Authonomy Sunday Shorts Series by Harper Collins. Her fictions have appeared or will appear in BOAAT, the Collagist, the Indiana Review, Joyland, and the Masters Review among other places. You can read some of these at

Short Stories | June 20, 2016

The Fortunate Ones by Larry Silberfein

Larry Silberfein has one wife, two kids and an infinite amount of olives in his refrigerator. His stories have appeared in The Monarch Review, The Burrow Press Review, Glimmer Train (honorary mention) and Literary Orphans.

Short Stories | June 20, 2016

The Takeover by Nick Sansone

Nicolas Sansone is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School currently working in Portland, ME. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is the author of the novels “Shooting Angels” and “The Calamari Kleptocracy.” His short fiction has appeared in a number of venues, including “Pear Noir!” “PANK,” “NANO Fiction,” “The Los Angeles Review,” and “Big Lucks.” More information is available at

Short Stories | April 18, 2016

The New Clowns by John Picard

John Picard is a native of Washington D.C. living in North Carolina. He received his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Iowa Review, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Mid-American Review, West Branch, Ascent, Greensboro Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and elsewhere. Recent work was cited by The Best American Essays for 2015. A collection of his stories, Little Lives, was published by Main Street Rag.

Short Stories | April 18, 2016

How to Hack a Breakup by T.R. Boone

T.R. Boone is a librarian and a recovering attorney. “How to Hack a Breakup” is his first published work of fiction. He lives in Washington, DC.

Short Stories | March 16, 2016

Once Upon a Tantrum by A.K. Benninghofen

A.K. Benninghofen’s work has appeared in Passages North, Evergreen Review, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction and elsewhere. She lives with her husband and children in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is completing her first novel as well as a collection of linked stories.

Short Stories | February 15, 2016

Such Stuff by Steve Finbow

Steve Finbow’s fiction includes Balzac of the Badlands (Future Fiction London, 2009), Tougher Than Anything in the Animal Kingdom (Grievous Jones Press, 2011), Nothing Matters (Snubnose Press, 2012). His biography of Allen Ginsberg in Reaktion’s Critical Lives series was published in 2011. His latest works are Grave Desire: A Cultural History of Necrophilia (Zero Books, 2014) and Down Among the Dead (Number Thirteen Press, 2014). He is now writing a non-fiction analysis of physical illness and creativity for Repeater Books and is writer-in-residence at The Function Room.

Short Stories | January 15, 2016

The Brown Note by Jessica Walker

Jessica Walker’s short stories can be found in Stoneboat Literary Journal and Sixfold. She has been a finalist in Blue Mesa Review’s Fiction Contest, Glimmer Train’s New Writer Award, Southwest Review’s Meyerson Contest and the Thomas Wolfe Award for Short Fiction. When she’s not writing, Jessica enjoys dabbling in glass art, inveterate wandering and hanging with her dog, Fritz.

Short Stories | January 15, 2016

The Makeover by Robert Sachs

Robert Sachs is a writer living in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University (2009). He serves on the board of Louisville Literary Arts and has been a board member of Sarabande Books, a not-for-profit book publisher. His flash fiction story, “A Mistake in the Parking Lot of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport appeared in the 10th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Collection. His story “Blue Room With Woman,” was an honorable mention finalist in the Glimmer Train November 2009 Short Story Award for New Writers. He was a semi-finalist in the Nineteenth Consecutive New Millennium Writing Competition. Additional short stories have appeared, or are scheduled to appear, in Jewish Fiction .net, Mobius, the Journal of Social Change, The Front Porch Review, Boundoff, The Writing Disorder, Red Fez, The Blue Lake Review, Northern Liberties Review, Black Heart Magazine, Literary LEO, Lowestoft Chronicle, and Diverse Voices Quarterly.

Short Stories | January 15, 2016

Talk, Talk by Edward Mc Whinney

Edward Mc Whinney lives in Cork, Ireland. He has had stories published in Cyphers and Barcelona Ink and online, most recently at Word Riot, Juked, Spilling Ink, and Contrary Magazine, where there is an index of his work. An interview appeared in The Committee Room in June 2012.

Short Stories | December 15, 2015

Hiring Process by Stephen M. Dickey

Stephen M. Dickey has published poetry in journals such as Hubbub, Colorado Review, and Indefinite Space, as well as numerous translations from Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, including Meša Selimović’s Death and the Dervish, Borislav Pekić’s How to Quiet a Vampire, and Miljenko Jergović’s The Walnut Mansion.