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A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

A COLLECTION OF THE BEST short STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Travel Trailers and Cold Coffee

illustrations by ana carolina maciel No one knows what to expect when going through a divorce. There is the financial burden, custody of the kids, and the question, “Who is going to get what?” Not to mention you are losing someone you thought you were going to spend...

mise en scene

illustrations by sidney teles The roaring in my ears got louder and louder until it was all I could hear. It was a strangely low, screaming sound when you listened closely, as few but I did. The roar was louder than the rushing water swirling around our ankles, louder...

Impropriety

illustrations by sidney teles “I’ll just take a walk to the store.  It will only take five minutes.” I watched my husband leave the dinner to purchase a bottle of brandy, his boss’s, Rachel, favorite.  The dinner party celebrating her promotion into John’s division...

The Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime. The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no...

When Your Girlfriend Owns a Rooster

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Your girlfriend, Risa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Risa weren’t a woman, you might feel like an old-timey wife. She’s like a breadwinner bearing fresh meat. You consider, for a moment,...

Suited

illustrations by ana carolina maciel A woman walked down a sidewalk as she pushed a stroller with her nine-month-old child twisting uncomfortably inside. The baby released an unsettling cry causing the woman to stop the stroller. She knelt to hand the baby his...

Whatever shape reality takes is often a reflection of the world around us. Through the art of storytelling, we are able to understand our society, our culture, and ourselves better.

A Man of Class

A Man of Class

Arthur threw down The Wall Street Journal onto the tablecloth. After pushing his soft-boiled egg and toast to the center of the table, he tore off the bottom right corner of the paper containing the story that prompted his revulsion. Then he grabbed his cell phone and...

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Bubbles

Bubbles

bubbles | illustrations by seth williams She was walking barefoot, back and forth in the way too long corridor of her house and thinking: Sabuncakis must be closed by now, coffee shops must be packed with people, sea buses must be slicing through the dark blue waters...

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Cultural Commentaries

White Privilege is Just a Buzzword

White privilege is nothing more than an over-inflated buzzword in today’s entitled society. Many will read this and scoff or immediately bellow their disdain for the prior statement without ever reading any further. It seems that’s exactly the type of closed-minded...

Is That All There Is

I had been practicing how to be the other woman. How to only meet on foggy nights and wear a beige trench coat with nothing on underneath, and pout just right.  How to always wear perfume so that maybe she would smell it, just enough, to imagine me. I practiced being...

Whither the Women’s Film Empire?

on the set of “Return to Lonesome Dove”, photo courtesy: susan c. ingram Watching Scorsese’s “Irishman” Made Me Yearn for Women-Centric Epics Somewhere in the middle or even in the first third of “The Irishman” I started to feel uncomfortable. And not because of the...

Plunger Girl Versus The Wrench Man: Pipe Dreams

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Local Hero “Plunger Girl” Becomes Rallying Figure for Fighting Violence Against Women [Katherine Johns, Northwest Post] Crystal Valley attorney Sandra White never imagined that she’d become an Internet sensation. When alleged...

Magic: An Essay on Kissing

I’ve kissed many people in my life. Too many boys my father would have hated, and my mother would have chased out of her house with her favorite chancla. I’ve kissed tall boys and short boys and even a pretty girl once. She smelled of peppermint tea and lemonade...

Anatomy of a Girl Blunt: How Female Lyricists Have Redefined Weed

It is difficult to think of a lyrical cliche more cringeworthy than comparing love to a drug. It’s a cardinal songwriting sin that’s been committed countless times across genres, from the mainstream to the underground.   Justin Timberlake spent his 2006...

Always and Always

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Rachel’s family had a huge farm with something like 13 acres. She reminded me about all the acres when she tied me to a tree so far away from her parents’ stone mansion that I could no longer see it over all the rolling hills in...

It Seemed Funny Now

I have a fear of never thriving. The other day, I saw a man looking at his reflection in the window of a closed ice cream shop. Temperatures had fallen to far below freezing and the snowbanks which lined the streets were now stale, pocked from the fleeting heat of...

Defining Characteristic | Black “T” n Blue Jeans

When you see her at any place, at any time, whether it’s hanging out with a group of friends or hanging with her family or while at work or at school...whether it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Whether she’s traveling the country...

Trigger Happy

In photos of myself from that day, I stand with my right foot in front of my left, my weight leaning into the gun, just like Chris taught me. One eye squinted, the other wide open, focused. When I look at the photos, I feel even more in control than I felt in the...

A genuine REFLECTION OF THE human EXPERIENCE IN TODAY’S WORLD. 

Always and Always

Always and Always

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Rachel’s family had a huge farm with something like 13 acres. She reminded me about all the acres when she tied me to a tree so far away from her parents’ stone mansion that I could no longer see it over all the rolling hills in...

read more
It Seemed Funny Now

It Seemed Funny Now

I have a fear of never thriving. The other day, I saw a man looking at his reflection in the window of a closed ice cream shop. Temperatures had fallen to far below freezing and the snowbanks which lined the streets were now stale, pocked from the fleeting heat of...

read more
Trigger Happy

Trigger Happy

In photos of myself from that day, I stand with my right foot in front of my left, my weight leaning into the gun, just like Chris taught me. One eye squinted, the other wide open, focused. When I look at the photos, I feel even more in control than I felt in the...

read more

Travel Trailers and Cold Coffee

illustrations by ana carolina maciel No one knows what to expect when going through a divorce. There is the financial burden, custody of the kids, and the question, “Who is going to get what?” Not to mention you are losing someone you thought you were going to spend...

mise en scene

illustrations by sidney teles The roaring in my ears got louder and louder until it was all I could hear. It was a strangely low, screaming sound when you listened closely, as few but I did. The roar was louder than the rushing water swirling around our ankles, louder...

Impropriety

illustrations by sidney teles “I’ll just take a walk to the store.  It will only take five minutes.” I watched my husband leave the dinner to purchase a bottle of brandy, his boss’s, Rachel, favorite.  The dinner party celebrating her promotion into John’s division...

The Adventures of Butch and the Holy Brigade

Butch kissed an alien today; a goddess that would leave her changed for a lifetime. The stranger’s cat-like amber eyes shimmered with fire as the early autumn sun reflected their beautiful aura, her beautiful aura. It pulled Butch closer and closer until she could no...

When Your Girlfriend Owns a Rooster

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Your girlfriend, Risa, has brought a rooster home. It’s squawking between her slender fingers. If Risa weren’t a woman, you might feel like an old-timey wife. She’s like a breadwinner bearing fresh meat. You consider, for a moment,...

Suited

illustrations by ana carolina maciel A woman walked down a sidewalk as she pushed a stroller with her nine-month-old child twisting uncomfortably inside. The baby released an unsettling cry causing the woman to stop the stroller. She knelt to hand the baby his...

Whatever shape reality takes is often a reflection of the world around us. Through the art of storytelling, we are able to understand our society, our culture, and ourselves better.

Bound by Blood

Bound by Blood

Condensation dripped off the walls of the sewer tunnel. A rat scurried by the pale man with the spiky black hair. Squeaking loudly, it ventured off into the gloom. Erasmus Zain was tall and muscular. He wore a black leather cloak with a silver mink lining, black...

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Jell-O

Jell-O

Jell-O | illustrations by sidney teles I opened the refrigerator door. Wow. Incredible. There was nothing but plastic racks and a winters breeze. I did a prostate examination of the fridge’s interior. Up. Down. Side to side. Twisting. Turning. Clamping. Squeezing....

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PUR

PUR

PUR | illustrations by ana carolina maciel “A third body has been discovered floating in the Escondido river this morning at approximately 5:00AM. There were ligature marks around their wrists, ankles, and neck. The bodies were dumped in areas that are surveillance...

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REVISITING LUMBARTON

REVISITING LUMBARTON

revisiting lumbarton | illustrations by sidney teles “Compassion is dangerous.” Ben’s electric blue eyes spark and he leans across the red tabletop in the Waffle House booth. “And your religion is compassion. My religion is capitalism.” I cringe and inch toward the...

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Bwoot Heel Bwoose

Bwoot Heel Bwoose

bwoot heel bwoose | illustrations by sidney teles At Shindig!: The Buckner-Ragsdale Annual Bi-Family Reunion, Mona stood watching her son, Bucky, careen through the relatives who dotted the Missouri Desert Picnic Grounds like a prickly heat rash. Why must these things...

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SUPER MAN

SUPER MAN

Once, there was a superhero who didn’t know how to fly. He was on his fourth drink, and his tie hung limply around his collar. His face was in shadow hiding the stubble on his chin. He was slumped back in his chair and swirled his drink. He absentmindedly tapped his...

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Cultural Commentaries

White Privilege is Just a Buzzword

White privilege is nothing more than an over-inflated buzzword in today’s entitled society. Many will read this and scoff or immediately bellow their disdain for the prior statement without ever reading any further. It seems that’s exactly the type of closed-minded...

Is That All There Is

I had been practicing how to be the other woman. How to only meet on foggy nights and wear a beige trench coat with nothing on underneath, and pout just right.  How to always wear perfume so that maybe she would smell it, just enough, to imagine me. I practiced being...

Whither the Women’s Film Empire?

on the set of “Return to Lonesome Dove”, photo courtesy: susan c. ingram Watching Scorsese’s “Irishman” Made Me Yearn for Women-Centric Epics Somewhere in the middle or even in the first third of “The Irishman” I started to feel uncomfortable. And not because of the...

Plunger Girl Versus The Wrench Man: Pipe Dreams

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Local Hero “Plunger Girl” Becomes Rallying Figure for Fighting Violence Against Women [Katherine Johns, Northwest Post] Crystal Valley attorney Sandra White never imagined that she’d become an Internet sensation. When alleged...

Magic: An Essay on Kissing

I’ve kissed many people in my life. Too many boys my father would have hated, and my mother would have chased out of her house with her favorite chancla. I’ve kissed tall boys and short boys and even a pretty girl once. She smelled of peppermint tea and lemonade...

Anatomy of a Girl Blunt: How Female Lyricists Have Redefined Weed

It is difficult to think of a lyrical cliche more cringeworthy than comparing love to a drug. It’s a cardinal songwriting sin that’s been committed countless times across genres, from the mainstream to the underground.   Justin Timberlake spent his 2006...

Always and Always

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Rachel’s family had a huge farm with something like 13 acres. She reminded me about all the acres when she tied me to a tree so far away from her parents’ stone mansion that I could no longer see it over all the rolling hills in...

It Seemed Funny Now

I have a fear of never thriving. The other day, I saw a man looking at his reflection in the window of a closed ice cream shop. Temperatures had fallen to far below freezing and the snowbanks which lined the streets were now stale, pocked from the fleeting heat of...

Defining Characteristic | Black “T” n Blue Jeans

When you see her at any place, at any time, whether it’s hanging out with a group of friends or hanging with her family or while at work or at school...whether it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Whether she’s traveling the country...

Trigger Happy

In photos of myself from that day, I stand with my right foot in front of my left, my weight leaning into the gun, just like Chris taught me. One eye squinted, the other wide open, focused. When I look at the photos, I feel even more in control than I felt in the...

A genuine REFLECTION OF THE human EXPERIENCE IN TODAY’S WORLD.

Always and Always

Always and Always

illustrations by ana carolina maciel Rachel’s family had a huge farm with something like 13 acres. She reminded me about all the acres when she tied me to a tree so far away from her parents’ stone mansion that I could no longer see it over all the rolling hills in...

read more
It Seemed Funny Now

It Seemed Funny Now

I have a fear of never thriving. The other day, I saw a man looking at his reflection in the window of a closed ice cream shop. Temperatures had fallen to far below freezing and the snowbanks which lined the streets were now stale, pocked from the fleeting heat of...

read more
Trigger Happy

Trigger Happy

In photos of myself from that day, I stand with my right foot in front of my left, my weight leaning into the gun, just like Chris taught me. One eye squinted, the other wide open, focused. When I look at the photos, I feel even more in control than I felt in the...

read more

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