Your Cat Haunts Me

Lydia sighed as she fell back into the recliner. “This place is haunted.” She said. “I know.” “You do? Do you?” “Yeah, last week your cat started posing in the sign of a crucifix. It’s been doing it ever since.” “What?” “It’s gone full Jim Morrison. I didn’t know if I should say anything.” “Double-what?” […]

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

Mary was on the bus again today. Same as every day on the morning run to work back seat in a skirt. A startling dark sullen beauty staring out the window like I wasn’t there and never would be. Looking as though she were plucked right out of the last day I saw her fifteen […]

THAT’S NOT MY CAT

I was reaching for a melon in the produce section of the local grocery mart when a paw shot out from behind it to vigorously swat at my hand and the black head of a growling cat appeared with large excited yellow eyes. A passing lady looked at me askew. “That’s not my cat.” I […]

Hey, Daddy

Big Jim was sitting by the fire in a friend’s yard when he heard, “Hey, Daddy.” A girl’s voice coming from the shed right across from the fire. The door was opened just a crack. Big Jim looked around. Tim was still inside. He didn’t have any kids. ‘What the flying fuck?’ Big Jim thought, […]

Billy’s Laura

Raining hard at the mouth of the trail where Shane was waiting for his ex-wife umbrella in hand. “Nice day out. Isn’t it, Laura?” Laura smiled, “Yes it is, Hon.” She was already drunk as usual. Shane held out his umbrella and walked holding it over her letting himself get wet until they reached Billy’s […]

“Don’t Worry, Albert.”

Took care of my wife for ten years as cancer slowly took her away from me. “Don’t worry, Albert. It always rains on a sunny day, doesn’t it?” She’d always say. Two years alone after she passed I moved far away to start again. It was either that or put a gun to my head. […]

I SAW GOD IN HER LAUGHTER ON A GODLESS NIGHT

Standing outside the warehouse 3:30 a.m. on a Monday night buzzed as fuck because my life was completely out of control but the world was always ending anyway. I was waiting for the whatever man: the Space man the Big man Blast man –fucking Spider-man. And I was there to pick up whatever it was […]

COVID-19 SOCIETY: LIFE IS A ROLL OF TOILET PAPER

As the pandemic was unfolding on social media people were scattered in the frozen produce section of Costco staring down at their smartphones as if waiting for instructions. A lady was fixated on her screen beside a batch of tomatoes when her face scrunched up and she started to turn. They all did, not into […]

THE MARVEL SUPERHERO ON PARK STREET

I was walking by a large Victorian house on Park Street when from up on the top floor balcony I heard someone calling out. I turned to see a girl –maybe ten years old– leaning over the railing so that her long hair hung straight down. “Hey Mister, do you want to see a trick?” […]

THE NOISY BATHROOM FAN

At first Randall was appalled when the noisy bathroom fan suggested that he murder his girlfriend right then and there, but then he grew intrigued. With the fan’s persuasive voice, the thought of murder solidified into an ideal. Was it possible? In fact, was it the only thing that would set things right? He was […]