Carr S – Steve Carr

 LISA Lisa was looking out the window, staring at the placid gray lake, at the small boats slowly crisscrossing it.  I was focused on her every movement, or lack of it. We didn’t talk, not about what either of us thought at that moment, or of any moment preceding it or of anything to come. She was motionless except for the occasional blinking of her eyes, the sudden expansion and deflation of her chest, and the slightest shifting of a strand of her red hair, moved by a random breeze. If she knew I even existed in those moments other … Continue reading Carr S – Steve Carr

Diamondopolous DC -DC Diamondopolous

Blonde Noir Kit Covington sat on the sofa in her Pacific Palisades mansion with a cigarette lodged in the side of her mouth. A cloud of smoke floated around her head. She adjusted the oxygen tube in her nose, then brushed ash from her dog Muffin’s champagne-colored curls. The miniature poodle dozing in Kit’s lap startled when the camera crew from The Great Morning Talk Show banged equipment into Kit’s antique furniture. “Watch it! You scratch anything, you’ll pay for the restoration.” Since her left lung had been removed, Kit’s husky voice had a rattle that lingered between words chaining … Continue reading Diamondopolous DC -DC Diamondopolous

McBreartyJ – Jenean McBrearty

Patricia  “Does Prez Prado perform just for you?” That’s what the Scarecrow said that afternoon in Warner’s Music Store, and Patty blushed the way all fourteen-year-olds did in 1958 San Diego. She wasn’t familiar with Navy guys. Her dad had worn an Army uniform in the war ⸺she barely remembered it the day he got home. As soon as he came through the front door, he went to his bedroom, took it off, stuffed in his olive drab duffle bag, and hid it away in the attic. Now, here was this six-foot skinny guy wearing dark blue bell-bottom trousers and … Continue reading McBreartyJ – Jenean McBrearty

Poussin F – Fabrice Poussin

Faces in Cages   Moving across strange ethers faces in cages they seem out of place.   They flash, passers-by in a rush destinies in the dark await.   Behind them a cloud of grey hovers pieces of souls they will never be.   Speeding at the command of a light they make eerie sounds to signal lives.   They belong somewhere in time racing to achieve an ephemeral meaning.   I see but will not recall them nor an aura nor a smile nor a touch of gloom.   Illusions of apparitions ghastly as ghosts they race to their … Continue reading Poussin F – Fabrice Poussin

Zola J – Jim Zola

Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children’s librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook — The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) — and a full length poetry collection — What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC Continue reading Zola J – Jim Zola

Shabkhez H – Hibah Shabkhez

AMENO AMENO AMENO   When first I climbed out into to this Land of do-as-you-please, it was an Inkdeath that I would fain have guarded against, for I deemed it quite inevitable: how can the Inkspell fail, thought I, when you spend more of your life within it than without? Lorenzaccio … but it was not so. This land remains the half-dream it always was, a Middle Earth one steps into for adventures, while that Land of the Lost scarce-glimpsed now from the top of the Magic Faraway Tree remains so starkly real, so starkly mine.   Every time I … Continue reading Shabkhez H – Hibah Shabkhez

Sampson N – Nicolas Sampson

3 Circular Triangles exercises Books lead to other books. Read one and you’re reminded of another. New publications refer to past ones, famous and obscure. Genres cross over, involving similar concepts, tropes, devices. Writers lift, pay tribute, re-imagine, claim as their own and take it a step further in their effort to tell gripping, original stories. Pick up the trail and we end up making extraordinary connections. These are Circular Triangles exercises … ON THE FRAGILE DYNAMICS OF IDENTITY AND THE BENEFITS OF JOURNALS Kafka On The Shore; The Face Of Another; The White Castle. Three outlandish stories on the … Continue reading Sampson N – Nicolas Sampson

Cawte S – Steve Cawte

Steve Cawte reviews Cheat Sheets by Edward O’Dwyer Paperback: 154 pages Publisher: Truth Serum Press (27 Aug. 2018) ISBN-13: 978-1925536607 Cheat sheets is a fantastically well-written set of short stories. The theme of infidelity handled with skill, humour and highly entertaining scenarios. From the absurd to the scarily too believable they are crafted in a way that makes you just want to keep on reading. The book flows like an open box of luxury chocolates, you keep saying ‘just one more’, before you know it the book is done and your opening it up again to read all over. Published by Truth Serum … Continue reading Cawte S – Steve Cawte