Fiction

Ocean Beach, 1963

My brother and I stood waist-deep in the Pacific on a cold day in November. Along the shoreline, signs screamed, People Swimming and Wading Have Drowned Here, b...

Gas

Amy and Jasmine’s joy is hissing out into the dark bedroom like a gas leak. * Two floors below, Amy’s mum is sat in the kitchen, bare feet on the cold tiles, ...

The Arc of the Birch

I have fallen in love with a birch tree. Tomorrow my husband will remove it, a killing he presented as a fait accompli last weekend after plying me with cocktai...

Mascara

Misunderstanding a good deed.Saying I wake up upstairs is redundant so stupid too. Where fucking else would I wake up? That’s where the bedrooms are, du...

Black As

She’s all sharp angles and dark and heavy brooding, anyone can see that. As soon as she opens the door she thumps herself down on the seat, turns to the window ...

bill

i want to buy a peking duck but i need some money i need to get a receipt for the duck because i am hungryi have to buy a duck because i am hungry for it ...

In the Jade City

The Red RopeThe abortionist lives in the jade city, in a maisonette tucked beneath the jasper bridge. A red rope hangs from the doorknob. After school, her ...

Custom / Conditional

The Rodeo Queen disappeared. This happened during the parade. She felt so wonderful, everyone in town watching, she deer-legged and waving from the back of a Fo...

A Search

Susan’s computer pulls up acronyms. Message-Oriented Middleware. Metal-on-Metal, as in hip surgery. Milk of Magnesia. Made of Money. She puts her finger to her ...