Fiction

Empty Houses

He’s ten. Soon everybody will be here, he’ll see their headlights on the wall. He only gets to stay up until twelve the night before his birthday. His family m...

Anglerfish

There is an anglerfish in the diner. The anglerfish is much older than the diner, but it did not exist until the diner was built. This makes sense if you th...

Magpie

You read in an article that you can’t blame an addict for the things they do, because their brain is sending them constant signals that if they don’t use, they...

The Dragon Slayer

To court the favor of pregnant women, the hospital began offering free pain relief during childbirth. But Elo would have none of it. In a dry dusty terrain wit...

The Corvid Among You

We watch you, though you usually don’t see us. You see us the way you see taupe public restroom stalls, cantaloupe seeds, crosses on churches. We are always bu...

Brushback

They’d called it a “sports park,” but it was mostly just go-karts and batting cages. Now, there’s a for sale sign out there, posted on the rusted fence. There ...

Recesses

You’re eight or nine and you can barely fit in the pantry because it’s mostly taken up by a broken washer and dryer that have been broken since they’ve been he...

Nuisance

On his way home from the ceremony, Ah Gong studies his Red Star Award for Outstanding Teaching. He pets the ridges of the wax stamp, the cocky tail of the supe...

Leviathan

Polar bears are nesting in the freezer again. Twelve this time, lively and rambling, sleeping on our packets of frozen peas, humping each other on our ice c...