Fables, yarns, tales, fantasies, science fiction, magic realism and other fantastical flavors.

The Rattlesnake

I smash mirrors everywhere. In my wake, shards of reflected sunlight litter ruined streets. Until they are splattered with red. Mothers hide their baby boys ...
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‘The Wedding Exit’ & Others

[Author's note: The following pieces are excerpted from Palace of Rubble, a collection of one-page stories composed primarily from single words culled each day from ...
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The Girl Beneath

My world is darkness.  No. It’s dark beneath the water, but it’s unjust to say there is only darkness. There is also cold, and the ...
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Worse Than Wolves

It wasn't a frequent habit, but James started this day by sneaking a splash or two of vodka — as colorless as cyanide — into ...
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The Siege

The fighting lasted for years, perhaps decades.  Buildings were reduced to gravel, bullet by bullet. Neighbors were starved or raped or humiliated. Children played peacekeeper ...
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Non Ego Te Absolvo

That first half year in the parish of Santo Sebástian, Father Ambrose was afraid.  He feared the vast New Mexican spaces beyond the church door; ...
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