selected by Valerie O’Riordan

The Midweek Trainer

They had been sitting in Kevin’s truck for the last half hour at the turnoff to the Mt. Rose Highway. The heater was on and Kevin was talking on the phone to Na...

World’s Greatest Dad

Perkins was hungover when he came down to the hotel breakfast, which was probably why he noticed the man’s travel mug. The hotel had set up the buffet in one of...

Looking for Gemma

Gemma, still in school uniform, trying to do her homework for once, sits at the dining room table scratching sums in the varnish: this plus that minus the other...

Exam: Essays 101

There is no wrong way to read this. There is no wrong way to engage this. If you X-out the Word-Doc or PDF, if you turn the page over, or close the book (wouldn...

Chewing Glass

i. To Martyn, Rickmansworth most resembles a delicate wrist-watch, with a built-in tendency to lag behind the beat of time. A case in point: he is at Watersm...

The Launch

Everyone is finally ready to pile into the old Plymouth except for Diane’s mother Pat, who can’t find the keys. Diane is already in the car, has been there for ...

The White Rocker

When the baby began crying, everyone fluttered around it. The baby was dimly aware of this, but it cried because things were bright and loose instead of dark an...

Charon at the Junkets

McKenna Bybee, eaten alive, Evening Flyer (USA, 2012). Following the rising of the dead, a handful of survivors search for a train rumored to be carrying the li...

Feeding The Dead

The blight had come and then come back, and the first year was terrible but only the beginning. The shellfish were lost when the ocean brought a red tide, and t...