“You Have To Understand Your Father” by Tim Tomlinson

19 December 2014 on Fiction

Mom used to say, “You have to understand your father. He grew up in the Great Depression.” Or she’d say, “You have to understand your father. Where he grew up,...


“Ornithology” by Molly McArdle

21 November 2014 on Fiction

Their mother’s body obscured their view through the front door. “I’m very happy to have you both home for Thanksgiving,” she said. “I bought a beautiful turkey.” And then, “It’s...


“Jawbone in Missouri” by Meghan Gilliss

17 October 2014 on Fiction

In the hot center of the three-story barn, an oil furnace bucked and shuddered like an old bull up to his final dalliance. Without it, all of this—the piles of...


“Between the Sky and the Ground” by Amelia Skinner Saint

02 May 2014 on Fiction

Bradley threw the walnuts as fast as he could pick them up. They were staining his hands and sweater, but he didn’t care. He kept his eyes on the bird,...


“Interloping” by Brian Castleberry

04 April 2014 on Fiction

To begin with, things were fine. The director's assistant showed Joan and me to our private room, second from the end of the hall on the left side, and handed...


“Snitch” by Erin Gnidziejko-Smith

21 February 2014 on Fiction

Maddy’s boyfriend, Ross, has no job, so he has energy to tune his guitar all night and sleep all day. Ross’s guitar cost the same as a month’s rent. Maddy...


“Capetown Breezes” by Penny Pennell

22 November 2013 on Fiction

Mama never cried when she chopped onions. She peeled the rustic encasing from the fleshy orb and with her butcher’s knife slid through the root and crown while cold water...


“The ’65 Shelby Mustang” by Devin Murphy

18 October 2013 on Fiction

Over the years Kirk and his father lived in a series of trailers. In each the doorknobs, sink basins, and walls of the main corridor were caked with motor oil....


“Hermits” by Brandon Bell

02 May 2013 on Fiction

Episode I. Little Dude   My third day in the halfway house Little Dude broke the stained-glass window. A former resident named Jonathan had installed it. Jonathan's story: drugs, rape...


“Scarification” by Nicole Haroutunian

15 March 2013 on Fiction

  Pushing a wheelchair is something I hope never to get good at, though I figure I should at least try to get better. “Jeez, sorry honey,” I say. Levi...


“Serpentine” by Dan Townsend

03 December 2012 on Fiction

Marsh's father would have considered this snake breeder the worst of them, and there were some sad cases in the parking lot at Valley State. They sold reptiles from warped...


“What the Living Forget” by Tyrel Kessinger

04 November 2012 on Fiction

 I'd rarely come back to Needleville in the years since high school so it made sense that I didn't immediately recognize Sally when he walked through the doors of Ernst...