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Power in the Blood by Catherine Grant
Mom loves the church more than she loves me or Charles. She loves Christians who writhe in the Holy Spirit, who speak in...
November 16, 2017
 
Strawberry Red by Catherine Grant
Jeff leaned against the frigid, crumbling concrete and hid himself as much as possible in the shadow of the archway. He'...
November 16, 2017
 
Wasted Conversation by Ray
"They say you always hurt the ones you love." I open my eyes with a start, momentarily confused. Not just about the s...
January 09, 2016
 
Tuesday Arrives by Ray
"What do guys like you think about?" She pulls a cigarette out of the pack and hands it over to me without asking. I tak...
September 15, 2015
 
Hard Learning by Ray
"You know why I have to do this," he says, and I feel like he must be trying to convince himself. Because I can't think ...
September 12, 2015
 
True Colors by Ray
He hears the sound of fabric as she slides the cloth from the canvas, and then...silence. He's deadly aware of the si...
August 23, 2015
 
Spilled Birds by Ray
"You ever wonder about all the spilled birds?" I take a sip of my coffee, hoping it hasn't gone cold. I'm disappointe...
August 22, 2015
 
Hide And Seek by Ray
She was never any good at hiding. That's all I can think about as I look around the room. There's so much blood. ...
August 10, 2015
 
A Little Curious by Ray
That cat thing, it goes both ways. I open my eyes. I think I open my eyes. There's nothing, no way to tell the differ...
July 12, 2015
 
by Jesse
Dearest Mother, The rancor of morning has yet again roused me too early from my would-be grave, and if you were in poss...
May 30, 2015
 
Long Stinkin' Day by Ray
I step out of the bathroom in a cloud of steam, and pretend I'm a god of some sort. I don't feel all that godlike, unle...
May 23, 2015
 
A Little Curious by Ray
The latest writing challenge on Haunted Shadow by Ray
Nobody ever asked, because why would they? But if you'd asked me about my bar, if you'd asked if it was haunted, I'd te...
February 15, 2015
 
Charlie's Bedroom (2) by Jesse
Charlie’s Bedroom (1) was written by Ray, but no longer exists on this website. So, who knows what...
January 21, 2015
 
Spilling Grains *recovered* by Jesse
I believe this one was my attempt at fulfilling one of my own Question by Ray
"So here's the question." "I'm all ears." "No, you're all mouth. Shut up and listen." "All right, I'm listening...
December 29, 2014
 
Hero by Ray
You're a hero. Everyone knows it. You put on the costume, they can't get you up on their shoulders fast enough. Yo...
November 12, 2014
 
The Laced Up Confessionals Part Four by Tracie Skarbo
On Monday, our running clinic had a guest speaker; a physiotherapist and chiropractor who works for a sports clinic. Th...
April 25, 2011
 
The Eyes Have It by K
We arrived ten minutes early for Dad's appointment with the specialist. The office was still closed for lunch, and t...
April 11, 2011
 
The Laced Up Confessionals Part Three by Tracie Skarbo
Excuses. When it’s time to lace up I have a million of them looking up at me like eager dogs; tails wagging and tongues...
April 11, 2011
 
Cruelest Fate by K
He had spent the better part of the past three years looking out the small window at the world that sat just out of his ...
April 07, 2011
 
Another Dozen Midnights by Ray
We see each other every night, and pretend not to. She walks her dog, I feed my addiction--we're both very nurturing, ap...
April 07, 2011
 
The Laced Up Confessionals: Monday April 4th, 2011~~Part Two by Tracie Skarbo
As I was driving to the place where I would meet my new running group I had a lot going through my mind. I remembered b...
April 05, 2011
 
The Laced Up Confessionals: Monday April 4th, 2011 by Tracie Skarbo
The Laced Up Confessionals: Monday April 4th, 2011 I have been inspired by another who writes journal entries about ...
April 04, 2011
 
Hold Me Close, Let Me Go by K
My grandpa used to drive my grandmother crazy during the kitchen parties that were held on a regular basis in their rura...
April 04, 2011
 
Candle of Illumination by Tracie Skarbo
Mint upon my palate, I rub sleep infused eyes and crawl under the covers. Oh blessed sleep, please descend upon this bo...
April 03, 2011
 
Time Limit by Ray
He looks good in blood, I'll give him that. I don't like the son of a bitch--might even be safe to say I hate him--b...
March 15, 2011
 
Found by Ray
I'm quick to make up traditions, and one that I've taken a shining to is Kim's birthday story. Each year, she picks out ...
March 09, 2011
 
Identity by Ray
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February 13, 2011
 
Childhood Superstitions by Ray
"Tell me something," I tell her. "Something?" "Anything." I turn my head to look at her, and as I do, I hear the ...
January 18, 2011
 
Gifted by Ray
So you're what? The guy? The recording guy? [Documentarion.] Documentarion. Fancy. You make that title up yourself?...
January 12, 2011
 
Middle Child Syndrome by Ray
It was about the worst thing that could happen. Pretty much par for our family, though. We're trying to do the whole dr...
December 27, 2010
 
Finish Line by Ray
I light a cigarette, and she glares at me. "Is that a cigarette?" she yells, even though she clearly knows that it is...
December 16, 2010
 
Stationary by Ray
"Look...just...take whatever you want, okay? I get paid like six bucks an hour, it's not worth dying." "Oh, take it e...
December 09, 2010
 
Not It by Ray
Do you remember being a kid, there was a little game you played right before you played the real game? One two three NO...
December 09, 2010
 
Dear Santa by K
Dear Santa, Yeah I know -- I haven't been on your radar for a few years. I think Malibu Barbie was the last thing we ...
December 07, 2010
 
Funny Day by Ray
"Look," I say, which is ridiculous, because I can't meet her eyes. "I only...the thing is...we, I know we, look..." S...
December 06, 2010
 
Roaming Truth by Ray
Did you know I used to be serious? I did. I stopped, because it made me want to hurt people, it made me want to hurt mys...
December 05, 2010
 
The Crusader by K
It didn't take long after we'd moved here, to notice him. It seemed every time we made our way up the inland highway, on...
December 04, 2010
 
Scratched Diamond Melody by Ray
(note for my sister, or anyone else who doesn't like sex stuff: ...
November 23, 2010
 
Talk by Charlie Mine
“So. Why don’t you start by telling me about your childhood?” I sigh, shifting in my chair. I always want to pace w...
November 22, 2010
 
Kick Ass by Charlie Mine
“Twenty-eight....twenty-nine....Thirty! Ready or not, here I come!” But instead of running throug...
November 21, 2010
 
Wicked Game by Charlie Mine
Alone. Again. So tired. Can this really be all there is? The tequila is sharp, pungent. My throat constrict...
November 21, 2010
 
Outside by Charlie Mine
“Denny’s got matches!” I held the jar up, looking at the golden eye. Do toads have friends? “What do you thi...
November 18, 2010
 
Dance by Charlie Mine
“Alright, Lynnie, last song.” “Aw, c’mon, Denny! You’re gonna make me go to bed at ten?” “Hey, we talked about th...
November 17, 2010
 
Men by Charlie Mine
“Let’s go over by the boys.” I looked over. Denny launched himself from a tree into the water. “If Mom catches him ...
November 15, 2010
 
Household Gods by Charlie Mine
“Dad-” I stopped abruptly, hand on the door frame. Dust motes shimmered in the late afternoon sun. He lay on his side,...
November 13, 2010
 
Family Land (part 1 of 4) by Ray
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October 25, 2010
 
Family Land (part 2 of 4) by Ray
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October 25, 2010
 
Family Land (part 3 of 4) by Ray
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October 25, 2010
 
Family Land (part 4 of 4) by Ray
If you didn't know the town, you wouldn't know there was anything to worry about, not at first. But I know it, and I...
October 25, 2010
 
Stupid Day by Ray
Crazy little fuck, crazy little fuck, what the hell was that? This is...I swear, this is why I hate kids. Little bastard...
October 21, 2010
 
Daddy's Little Girl (part 3 of 3) by Ray
This is the last part of a three-part story. You...
October 18, 2010
 
Daddy's Little Girl (part 2 of 3) by Ray
This is the second part of a three-part s...
October 18, 2010
 
Daddy's Little Girl (part 1 of 3) by Ray
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October 18, 2010
 
Messy Kitchen by Ray
Messy? Sure it is. You don't get into this business if you're scared of messy, though. Dangerous? More than a little. ...
October 12, 2010
 
Recovery by Ray
I used to wonder. I'd see things on the news, stories about gun control or gun safety, and I'd wonder. Accidental killi...
October 02, 2010
 
Flash Fiction: The Twelfth Kiss by Ray
I've always loved the snow, always thought of it as a friend. My best friend, with its beauty and its calmness and the ...
September 18, 2010
 
Distance by Ray
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September 17, 2010
 
Family Tradition by Ray
"You understand, don't you? You understand it's not because we don't love you?" The tears that have been welling up i...
September 12, 2010
 
Turf by Jesse
My busstop, when I was young, was the stop sign at the nearer end of my road. Truly, the stop was more dominated by the ...
September 02, 2010
 
So Far by Ray
One of my writing friends recently asked me to write something for his 'zine. I'm an ego whore, so I immediately agreed....
August 23, 2010
 
That One Wednesday by Ray
Stop it, he goes, and I just laugh a hateful laugh and run my arm across another table, knocking every damn thing onto t...
July 28, 2010
 
Escape by Ray
Do you ever wonder if you're a good person? I think most of us assume that we are, right? You get up in the morning, yo...
July 07, 2010
 
The Sweetest Dream by Ray
"You think we're gonna be okay?" I look at her, and I wonder how she can ask something like that. You know that expre...
June 07, 2010
 
Breaking In A New Year by Ray
I wrote a post ...
May 27, 2010
 
Back To The Club by Ray
It's so stupid. Stuff like this always is. But fuck it. Sometimes stupid is exactly what you need, right? When the...
May 03, 2010
 
Flash Fiction: Long Walk Home by Ray
Dirt scuffed to dust, caught in the wind, a cloud of nothing, and she tells herself it's time to cry, but she doesn't b...
April 29, 2010
 
A Fluicide Note by Ray
I'm lost. Whatever is supposed to separate the past from the future or the present, whatever's supposed to differentiate...
April 18, 2010
 
Knowing by Ray
"Hell man, you wanna blow my heart apart, you have to at least look while you pull the trigger, you owe the heavens tha...
April 11, 2010
 
Lost In Loss by Ray
"Alcohol isn't the answer," she says, giving me that look. Not quite disapproving, but almost, and mixed with sadness a...
March 17, 2010
 
Burning Bridges by Ray
She says hello, and I almost scream. I didn't know there was anyone else around. There shouldn't be anyone else around....
March 11, 2010
 
A Night Above Heaven by Ray
"You know what the problem is? I mean, you know what the real problem is?" "Yes." "Fuck you, you don't know." She g...
March 08, 2010
 
Relevant Information by Ray
Last year, I did this thing where I wrote a story for a friend of...
February 27, 2010
 
True by Ray
A while back, the Austin Chronicle had a short story contest. It had to be an original, unpublished work of a certain le...
February 10, 2010
 
Maybe by Charlie Mine
Focus. He's talking. I'm listening, watching, and feeling. Pain, sadness, guilt, fear. I pull my...
February 01, 2010
 
Old Stuff: Thanks by Ray
I ended up digging through some old files tonight, mostly to appease a friend of mine, but also because I was curious. I...
January 10, 2010
 
Chapter 4: Final Exam by Charlie Mine
"Let's test it one more time." I groaned. "Oh, come on! What if doesn't work?" "Seriously, Maggie, we alread...
January 08, 2010
 
Chapter 3: Now by Charlie Mine
"Now?" "No, not yet. That was only one assailant." "Yeah, but he had a gun!" "We can't take any chances on ...
January 08, 2010
 
Chapter 2: Save Money, Live Better by Charlie Mine
I so hate Walmart. It's not just the zombies wandering brainlessly from aisle to aisle, getting in my way whil...
January 07, 2010
 
Chapter 1: Interview by Charlie Mine
"What the fuck?" I willed the bastard to meet my eyes as I took another drag on my cigarette. "What now?" M...
January 06, 2010
 
Cliché by Ray
The blood smears messy across the back of my hand, and I can only laugh. Really? This is my life? It's so stupid, it'...
December 18, 2009
 
Broken Trapeze by Ray
I wonder for a second if this is because there's something wrong with me. Shock? Am I paralyzed? I don't know, I don't ...
December 02, 2009
 
Just Another Love Song by Ray
Her tears, that's what I can't get over. Who was it, Jerry Seinfield that made that joke? About how if all women had to...
November 27, 2009
 
Lucky Punch by Kenne
Lucky Punch I'm standing here, squared off with my mortal enemy. That's a bit of a stretch, he's just some jackas...
November 12, 2009
 
Bird and the Bedrock (Canary pt. 2) by Kenne
Birds and Bedrock Dr. Juliet Rose Galena wasn't at all the kindly maternal figure once she was inside her O.R. It's ...
November 12, 2009
 
Tweety and Rose (Canary Pt. 1) by Kenne
Tweety and Juliet “Next!” Doctor Juliet Rose Gallena called out with a voice that sounds more like a DMV bureaucra...
November 12, 2009
 
Fisticuffs by Ray
It's like looking into a mirror. One that doesn't show your physical self, but your insides. Not like organs and black ...
November 11, 2009
 
Dripping Clouds by Ray
"Sending a kid. This is a low blow. You know that, right?" He shrugs his shoulders and rolls his eyes just a bit, a m...
November 09, 2009
 
She Walked In Part 11 by Ray
In the movies, this is where it the guy would lean forward and begin mumbling, and the audience would be left out. Then...
October 21, 2009
 
Something To Lie About by Ray
"What do you want?" I ask. "You bastard!" She screams. "You asshole!" My phone, it's a piece of crap, some puke-yello...
October 17, 2009
 
A Toast by Ray
He slams the shot glass down so hard that it sounds like a firecracker. But it doesn't break. You gotta tilt it a littl...
October 05, 2009
 
No Hero by Ray
"You know, I always thought I'd be more." "More? Like what?" "I don't know. Like, I thought that one day, I'd do so...
September 26, 2009
 
Broken Love by Ray
She keeps asking why, and I wish she would stop. Why why why? And I don't have an answer for her. Not a good one, anywa...
September 25, 2009
 
Party Stalker by Ray
He keeps telling me he'll do it. He keeps telling us all. I'll do it, I'll do it! I'm crazy! Over and over again, any...
September 10, 2009
 
6 P.M. Friday by Ray
The anger doesn't last, and for just a moment, that feels like the worst part--that I don't get to hold on to the anger...
September 06, 2009
 
Flash Forward by Ray
Flashes. Of vision, of smell, of noise. What happened? What is happening? The panic builds up inside of me, no release,...
August 24, 2009
 
Wishing for Hate by rik
I lean against the railing surrounding the balcony and light a cigarette. "It's hot tonight," I say. "Yep." He is fidg...
August 12, 2009
 
Happily Ever After by Ray
Who am I? It doesn't matter. You want to call me something, you can call me Jack, I guess. That's what they call me at ...
August 03, 2009
 
Counted Steps by Ray
It's like this game we play, but it isn't a game, and both of us know it. It's a thing, a thing like Russian Roulette, ...
July 26, 2009
 
by me
How do you change that godawful dog picture profile?...
July 23, 2009
 
Felt by Ray
The bad part is, like the really shit thing, is that people don't understand. Which means they don't believe. You ca...
June 23, 2009
 
Notorious by Ray
My mom once asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was eleven years old at the time, and we were driving throu...
June 09, 2009
 
Justified Solace by Ray
I hate this place. I hate it. What a bunch of freaks. With their hate disguised as love, and their disgust disgu...
May 20, 2009
 
Beyond Casual by Ray
Darren sits on the cement steps in front of his house, and to the casual observer, he looks the same as he always does ...
May 15, 2009
 
Broken by Ray
"I don't..." The tears make it hard to form a complete sentence. Well, not so much the tears, but the sobbing, the runn...
May 06, 2009
 
She Walked In Part 10 by Trey
This is a continuation of an ongoing story started years ago. To see the previous chapter and links to all th...
May 01, 2009
 
Put Up by Charlie Mine
"Maybe I'm just tired. Or shot one too many steroid injections this week. Whatever. I oughta be happy for you insensi...
April 21, 2009
 
Perfect by Charlie Mine
Memory is a funny thing. Most days, it seemed like he couldn't rely on it at all. Yet, there were times when it would ...
April 20, 2009
 
Fresh Meet: Pick-up by Charlie Mine
He kept his eye on her as she moved about the mission house that night. She was new to this scene, fairly young, with e...
April 14, 2009
 
Consequences by Ray
Mink didn't want to wake up. Wouldn't have, except for the throbbing in his head and the twisting in his gut. He grabbe...
April 12, 2009
 
Fresh Meet by Charlie Mine
"Mitch!" Jimmy's harsh whisper was irritating. "What?" The snarled response was intended to silence, not encourag...
April 09, 2009
 
Hidden Treasure by Ray
I started this story a while back, when I accepted an odd sort of a challenge. A friend of mine came up with three rando...
April 05, 2009
 
Spilled Things by Ray
Cheap liquor, greasy in the reflected light, splashed carelessly into a shot glass and pushed over scarred wood, throug...
March 29, 2009
 
Health Hazards by Ray
"So this is how it's gonna go?" She asks. "This is how you're going to en...
March 29, 2009
 
Degus (Authors note: this is fiction), by James
So, we had to inter them in the ground. It wasn’t exactly fun, but, you know, we needed to do it. There is just...
March 17, 2009
 
Truth In Murder by Ray
I don't know why I decided to be a killer. I was bored, mostly, and I know how terrible that sounds, but that’s what it...
March 10, 2009
 
Flowers For Natalie by Ray
I wrote this story for an internet friend. Her birthday is coming up, and I let her pick three words and/or phrases to i...
February 25, 2009
 
Retrospective by Ray
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February 16, 2009
 
Real Time explicit scenes by Ray
The music's thub-bumpin' so hard I can feel it from the back of my eyes to the bottom of my nutsack, and the coke's kic...
February 15, 2009
 
The One by Ray
He meets her in a bar, not because he's there to hit on women, but because he just went through some stuff, some pretty...
February 13, 2009
 
Mixed Feelings by Ray
It isn't a smile, not exactly, because he's straining too hard to display a true smile. Sweat drips from his forehead o...
February 11, 2009
 
Understanding by Ray
"Do you know what it is to dream?" "I have dreams all the time. Just last night, I had a dream where my toilet came a...
February 07, 2009
 
Out Of The Park by Ray
"Jimmy, why don't you wait up in your room, okay, buddy? Your mommy and I need to talk about some things." Jimmy nodd...
January 26, 2009
 
Getting Lucky by Ray
My show was on, and my DVR had been screwing up, so I couldn’t record it. I know that’s a stupid reason, but there it i...
January 23, 2009
 
She Walked In Part 9 by Ray
A long time ago, Trey started a story called She Walked In. Either because he was hoping to give other writers so...
January 19, 2009
 
Check Out Time by Ray
You see the scars, you can't help but wonder what caused them, you can't help but fill in the blanks. You can't help bu...
January 05, 2009
 
Bicycles For Fish by Ray
"Why are you so sad?" "I'm not sad," I tell her. "Yes, you are. And you lie about it." I feel her stare on the si...
December 02, 2008
 
Strange Relationship explicit scenes by Ray
It isn't something we want, it's something we need. She's muttering, it's hard to understand what she's saying, with h...
November 04, 2008
 
Options by Ray
“Look at you,” She says. “I’d rather not,” I tell her, my words slurred, my eyes unfocused. “All hydro’d out and st...
October 13, 2008
 
All In My Head by Ray
The numbers, they’re out to get me, I can tell. Don’t tell me no, what, are you in on it with them? I knew, by the w...
September 13, 2008
 
Adjustable by Ray
Too much. The thought has gone through her head before, many times in her life, but it has never been ...
September 02, 2008
 
Poser: Eighth Grade by Ray
Junior High, and fuck me if it wasn't worse than anything I've had to deal with in adulthood. Third grade was worse, of...
August 20, 2008
 
That Kind by Ray
She asked, What kind of monster are you. I’m the kind of monster who comes to your home in broad daylight, with...
August 16, 2008
 
Relationships Are Hard Work by Ray
Whispered wishes into make-believe ears, almost as pointless as throwing hard-earned cash into a well. The dark hides h...
August 11, 2008
 
Neverending Staircase by Ray
Overwhelming is an understatement. It’s not a cloud, it’s not a wave—it’s just everything, all of the sudden. She tol...
August 04, 2008
 
Live And Learn by Ray
You learn things as you fumble through life, you know? You learn stuff about the world you’re fumbling through and you ...
July 20, 2008
 
Tell It by Ray
Tell me you want me. Tell me you need me. Tell me you love me. Her mouth doesn’t say it, but her eyes do. Desper...
July 12, 2008
 
Last Words by Ray
“You know, right? About the drugs and the counterfeiting thing and the debit card scam?” “Yeah, man, I know.” “And ...
July 11, 2008
 
Control Z by Ray
They go, “Clear!” They go, “Get away!” And I wish that I could. Something like lightening hitting me in the chest, an...
July 05, 2008
 
Stained Collar by Ray
With all due respect to hurt:
What…love? Shit. I been there. Her name was Candy, but she wasn’t near as swee...
June 26, 2008
 
Like That by Ray
Like what? Like lighting through my soul, man. She’s moving out there, on the dance floor, under the flashing lights an...
June 24, 2008
 
Stranger by Lynne Grey
Here's that story I promised........ I feel like a stranger parked in my own driveway; the driveway where I parked ...
June 12, 2008
 
Lost by Ray
Her hair dances in the wind, as beautiful as a child’s surprised giggle. She was out of the car and into the field bef...
June 11, 2008
 
Pointless by Ray
Alarms ringing in his head, and no matter how many times he hits the clock or answers the phone, the ringing continue...
June 04, 2008
 
ShotGone by Ray
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May 30, 2008
 
The One That Got Away by Ray
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May 25, 2008
 
Confession by Ray
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May 16, 2008
 
Proof by Ray
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May 12, 2008
 
A Bedtime Story For A Disobedient Child updated by Ray
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April 27, 2008
 
Soul Graffiti by Ray
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April 18, 2008
 
Life, Deleted by Ray
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April 12, 2008
 
The Mess by Ray
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April 11, 2008
 
Now you can rent all your demons for free. by Jesse
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April 09, 2008
 
Perceptual Reality by Ray
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April 02, 2008
 
A Prologue by rik
What is a god? A god is a creator, birthing life and magic from everywhere and nowhere. The reason a newborn baby fi...
March 31, 2008
 
Price Of Admitting by Ray
I never thought I’d be that guy. I’ve seen them before, maybe sitting in a booth at IHOP, over ignored cups of coffee,...
March 11, 2008
 
Love, Undying by Ray
Here’s the deal, kids: I have to be out of town for the next couple of days because a certain best friend of mine has ...
February 13, 2008
 
The Abandonment of Vulture Point by Ray
April 14
Vulture Point, that’s what the town-people call it. Called it. It ain’t much, but ...
January 14, 2008
 
A Mused by Ray
Waking up, eyes red and aching…again. Headache of a million mourning brain cells. How many they’re mourning for is an...
January 07, 2008
 
Forbidden Fruit(cake) by Ray
So what you have to ask is this: Is it forbidden because of how wonderful it is? Or is it so wonderful because it’s f...
December 16, 2007
 
A Return to Wonder by Jesse
The phone rings, and I say Hello? And they say Hello. And I say Hello. Oh, can you hear me? Of course I can, I say. I'm ...
December 13, 2007
 
Suspended by Jesse
I’ve had it since I was born. Carried it all my life, drawing on it when I need it, but time blurs all things – memory, ...
December 13, 2007
 
The Affair by Ray
She glances in my direction and I avert my eyes: to the chalkboard, to whatever nonsense the professor has just writte...
December 08, 2007
 
She Walked In Part 8 by Ray
It isn’t madness, exactly, but it’s definitely a kissing cousin. The city isn’t alive, not any more than it usually is...
November 28, 2007
 
I'll Be Back by Trey
The sun glows red as it touches the horizon. Bill Parson lowers his binoculars, steps back from the cliff edge, and put...
November 21, 2007
 
Impaired Judgment by Ray
It certainly would explain a lot of things. I didn’t believe it for a second, because you’d have to be batshit insane ...
November 21, 2007
 
Mid-Afternoon by Jesse
I wake up in the morning, and I take a pill. I wretch. I don't know why. It's so little. It takes ten minutes and my sto...
November 06, 2007
 
Punchline by Ray
“Do you even know what you want out of life?” Mary asks. “Does anyone?” “Beside the point. I’m asking if you
November 06, 2007
 
The Change by Ray
Paula didn’t realize she had zoned out. She had been working in the area she called her serenity garden—a self-made po...
October 29, 2007
 
Hope Reviewed (part 2 of 2) by Ray
I try the door, hoping that it’ll be locked. If it is, I have to pick the lock, which takes around ten to fifteen seco...
October 21, 2007
 
Hope Reviewed (part 1 of 2) by Ray
“Where is he?” I ask because it’s my job to ask. I hate my job. “Three-eighteen—up the stairs and take a left.” ...
October 21, 2007
 
Multiple Choice by Ray
“We could have been a movie together. We should do that next.” I stare down at her, wondering if she’s joking. At t...
October 10, 2007
 
The Last Breath by Ray
Foul things are afoot tonight, children, whether you know it or not. Sit still, breathe deep, can you not feel it? It...
October 03, 2007
 
She Walked In...Part 7 by Ray
I don’t how she can manage to move so fast in her oversized combat boots, but she busts hump like a champ, which is goo...
September 28, 2007
 
A Shadow's Flight by Ray
“I ever tell you I could fly?” I glance at my watch, hoping that it’s closer to closing time than it feels. We still...
September 21, 2007
 
Dance Of The Envelope by Ray
I can only pretend I don’t see it for so long. The name on the envelope—my name—is written very neatly, very carefully...
September 10, 2007
 
Wasted Time by Ray
The gum doesn’t cover the scent of the booze, but it gives it a minty companion smell, so it’s easy to make the mistake...
September 09, 2007
 
Hail Mary by Ray
Have you ever wanted to make the worst mistake of your life? Don’t lie. You ever stop to think that maybe Pandora ...
September 04, 2007
 
She Walked In...Part 6 by Trey
I use the railing of the fire escape to pull myself to my feet. I wipe the puke off my chin and go inside to change pan...
August 24, 2007
 
Breaking Point by Ray
I’m sitting on the couch. She’s sitting in the chair on the other side of the living room. That’s how it goes, I gues...
August 20, 2007
 
Answer, Mother Fµ¢#e® by Ray
Disclaimer: I wrote this story a while back and then lost it. It should in no way b...
August 12, 2007
 
She Walked In...Part 5 by Ray
I handed her a cup of coffee, pitch-black and strong enough to wake the dead. As she reached out for it, her baggy t-s...
August 06, 2007
 
The Sanctity of the Sandwich and Other Sacred Truths by Derrick Cummings
I've been visiting the Strangelands for a while now, after reading a post where Ray (who I don't know, aside from his wr...
August 03, 2007
 
Won't You Be My Neighbor (pt. 4 of 4) by Ray
“Hey, wait, pull over here!” “What? Why?” “I need some aspirin. Or beer. Both. Pull over here.” He jerked the ...
July 28, 2007
 
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (pt. 3 of 4) by Ray
I woke to frantic pounding that I didn’t understand. I looked at the clock on the front of my DVD player and saw that ...
July 27, 2007
 
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (pt. 2 of 4) by Ray
“Look, I’m not saying Hitler was a good guy, I’m just saying that he had some really good ideas about how to…okay, it’s...
July 26, 2007
 
Won't You Be My Neighbor? (pt. 1 of 4) by Ray
The cliché thing would have been a cup of sugar—that’s always how it goes with neighbor stories, right? I didn’t need ...
July 25, 2007
 
Drinking Problem by Ray
Every ice cube tray in the house is empty, the water pitcher sits on the counter, bored, warm, and dry. The only bottl...
July 18, 2007
 
Reckless Pete by Ray
“On a roll this morning, saving the day; tipping my worn baseball cap to the ladies and driving a giant motorcycle into...
July 16, 2007
 
Under Pressure by Ray
It’s weird, you know? You live your life, you try to do the right thing, you try to do good… And what? Like, you en...
June 28, 2007
 
She Walked In...Part 4 by Ray
“Tell me about the girl.” He wasn’t giving me a look, exactly, but there was something there, like he was watching to ...
June 18, 2007
 
The Hit by Ray
“Hey.” “What?” “I know this is silly, considering, but…” “What?” “I always thought there would be music....
June 09, 2007
 
Burning Bridges by Ray
Note from Ray: I entered a flash fiction contest the other day. The guidelines said ...
June 07, 2007
 
He Said, She Said, I Said by Ray
I go, “I missed a call.” She goes, “Who from?” I go, “Wasn’t it supposed to rain tonight?” I pick up the phone,...
April 26, 2007
 
Let's Toast by rik
If you're going to read this, don't bother. After a couple of pages, you won't want to be here. So forget it. Go a...
April 19, 2007
 
The Mysterious Workings Of Jeremiah Bennington (part 3 of 3) by Ray
Jeremiah Bennington cocked his head as if the silence told him something that it concealed from others. He shook his h...
April 16, 2007
 
The Mysterious Workings Of Jeremiah Bennington (part 2 of 3) by Ray
A short while later, the bells over the shop door jingled again. Jeremiah Bennington looked up from his work and smile...
April 15, 2007
 
The Mysterious Workings Of Jeremiah Bennington (part 1 of 3) by Ray
Jeremiah Bennington looked up from his workbench when the bells above the door rang. Each one was a different size and...
April 14, 2007
 
Green Light Drama by Ray
“Is this what makes you happy?” He ignores her and holds up a piece of cardboard to one of the many passers-by. “...
April 06, 2007
 
Not A Bad Guy (part 4 of 4) by Ray
I named her Stephanie Megan, and she was the most beautiful baby that has ever graced the planet, or that ever will. I...
March 27, 2007
 
Not A Bad Guy (part 3 of 4) by Ray
My mom moved in with me for a while, and my wife’s parents got a hotel room at the place down the street, and they help...
March 27, 2007
 
Not A Bad Guy (part 2 of 4) by Ray
I was right there with her, even though we weren’t sure if that was a good idea—I’ve never been good dealing with the s...
March 26, 2007
 
Not A Bad Guy (part 1 of 4) by Ray
He just stares at me. I stare back. I’m not sure if he’s thinking about taking the money or if he’s thinking about de...
March 26, 2007
 
One Night by Ray
It’s late. I should be in bed—work tomorrow, and Mr. Jenkins is getting sick and tired of seeing me show up to the Mon...
March 14, 2007
 
Love Always by Ray
Note: I wrote this story last summer. I took it down because I had entered it into a ...
February 22, 2007
 
Not With A Bang, But A... by Ray
“I just realized that I can rank the females I’ve dated in order of love, and the girl that used to give me handjobs af...
February 13, 2007
 
Answers in Chaos by rik
"Are you sure you want this?" "I'm sure." "The answers you're looking for aren't in here." "You don't even k...
February 08, 2007
 
Thanks by Ray
So it’s like, what? 11:35? Doesn’t matter, really, but that’s what the clock says when I slump down onto the bed. “...
February 07, 2007
 
Mad Diary by rik
Note: (Please don’t think that the entry that follows this little explanation is actually an excerpt from my own diary. ...
February 05, 2007
 
He Won't Do It Again by Ray
“Give it back.” “No.” “Do it...
December 22, 2006
 
Joining In by Ray
He steps into the circle and looks around. The feeling in his stomach is familiar, but it’s not something he’ll ever r...
December 21, 2006
 
Nature Versus Nurture by Ray
“So what you’re telling me is that you’re a bad guy. I gave birth to a bad guy.” She opens a packet of sugar and dump...
December 19, 2006
 
Happy Birthday by Ray
RING!...RING!...RING!... “uuuh…hello?” “You know what your problem is? You got no passion. You got no idea about h...
December 14, 2006
 
Trying Something New by Ray
We’re standing by the river when she pulls the gun. We’re by the river because this is where she said she wanted to me...
November 20, 2006
 
six-word by Jesse
Reluctantly we danced, gangly arms outstretched. Crumpled wrappers strewn, still no satisfaction. Bubble y...
November 06, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 9 of 9) by Ray
November 1—November 2
“I did it.” “I know.” “No, I mean I did it.
October 31, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 8 of 9) by Ray
November 2
I did it. The doctor said I would lose time, so that part wa...
October 31, 2006
 
Six Word Stories by Ray
This has been around for a while, so you may have already seen it splattered all over the internet, but just in case yo...
October 30, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 7 of 9) by Ray
November 1
They spend most of the day talking about anything other than the present sit...
October 30, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 6 of 9) by Ray
November 2
The thing about small towns is, you never really get to have any...
October 29, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 5 of 9) by Ray
November 1
The walk across the parking lot is one of the most surreal exper...
October 29, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 4 of 9) by Ray
November 2
My name is Jackson Tye. I am twenty six years old, and I live i...
October 28, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 3 of 9) by Ray
November 1
“Talk to me.” “I didn’t kill her, but I’m glad the bitch is dead...
October 27, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 2 of 9) by Ray
November 1
Jackson Tye opens his eyes and uses up a couple seconds of his l...
October 27, 2006
 
Murder @ Twilight (pt. 1 of 9) by Ray
October 31
Kristy Brown paused the movie she was watching and rose from the couch. Sh...
October 27, 2006
 
Road Trip...The Decision by Ray
If you’re into spouting over-used cliché’s you could say that he showed up out of the blue. I wouldn’t say that. I wo...
October 18, 2006
 
Road Trip...The Knock by Ray
I’m in the local convenience store—Allsup’s—buying some beef jerky and a 7Up. It has been a long, stupid day. To tell...
October 16, 2006
 
Road Trip...Intro by Ray
I have a story I’ve been meaning to tell you. It’s not a story entirely my own, but even the stories I make up don’t r...
October 15, 2006
 
Interns (pt. 2 of 2) by Ray
“The first time, it was because I thought he liked me, you know? I know, I know, I’m so stupid, so naïve, so…wh...
October 11, 2006
 
Interns (pt. 1 of 2) by Ray
“Don’t start with me, Dillon.” “Don’t start with you?” Dillon said. Not quite a yell, but almost. “Don’t start ...
October 11, 2006
 
Finding The Search by Ray
She’s already there when I arrive, sitting with her legs drawn, her chin resting on her knees, just the way I remember ...
September 26, 2006
 
Life Lesson by Ray
I realize I’ve been rambling on about my princess and weddings and love and stuff like that lately, and I guess I need ...
September 20, 2006
 
Understanding by Ray
Do you understand, I wonder? Is there any way that you could? Surrounded by love and warmth and companionship, and st...
September 18, 2006
 
What A Night by Ray
Rain. Of course it’s going to start raining. I mean, seriously, how could it possibly not rain at this point? ...
September 13, 2006
 
Twelve O’ Clock Appointment by Ray
Our eyes lock, and although it doesn’t seem like I should have the time to think, I still mange to wonder if I scare hi...
September 11, 2006
 
Making Reality (pt. 7) by Ray
When I first started this deal, I wanted this camera to be sort of like a journal. It didn’t take me all that long to ...
August 29, 2006
 
Make Mine a Chocolate Eclair by Dave Riley
The jangling of the bells on the ice cream truck proved one of the precious few things in life on which you could depend...
August 22, 2006
 
All Broken Up by Ray
The thing that really makes my soul ache is the feeling of wrongness that constantly batters my mind and my heart. “Th...
August 16, 2006
 
Making Reality (pt. 6) by Ray
How long has it been? Offhand, I don’t even know. I make marks in the sand, but I doubt they’re accurate. I have a w...
August 15, 2006
 
Making Reality (pt. 5) by Ray
So they made the first water drop today. I watched from a distance as the helicopter lowered the huge yellow tank down...
August 08, 2006
 
Making Reality (pt. 4) by Ray
I forgot to bring cold medicine. Also, I didn’t count on having a runny nose when I did the math on how much toilet pa...
August 06, 2006
 
Making Reality (pt. 3) by Ray
I slept like a baby last night. The tent has a little flap that you can unzip, and you can see the stars through this ...
August 05, 2006
 
Making Reality (pt. 2) by Ray
So it’s my first day out here. Incidentally, by the time you’re hearing this part of the track, you’ll already have be...
August 04, 2006
 
Making Reality (pt. 1) by Ray
Is…is this thing on? Hello? What do you want me to say? “Testing?” Are you serious? Isn’t that a little cliché? N...
August 02, 2006
 
Heybuddy (4--conclusion) by Ray
I was walking home from work when I saw the lights. It was around five in the morning, and still more night than day. ...
July 28, 2006
 
Heybuddy (3) by Ray
Heybuddy didn’t come back the next night, but Matt did, and he brought a few of his friends with him. They came in rig...
July 27, 2006
 
Heybuddy (2) by Ray
The way it worked was, on the weekends, there were two cooks, two busboys, and five servers for the graveyard shift (or...
July 25, 2006
 
Heybuddy (1) by Ray
“Oh, holy shit, what’s this all about?” I understood his reaction. Working the graveyard shift at a pancake house, y...
July 24, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 15 by Dave Riley
Roy skipped out of the family room clutching his package. He whined, “It’s the comohshul an’ I gotta pee-pee.” For th...
July 06, 2006
 
People Change (pt. 6) by Ray
“I don’t…I don’t understand why!” I’m drunk, and although I’m not so far gone that I don’t realize this fact, I...
June 23, 2006
 
People Change (pt. 5) by Ray
He shows up about thirty minutes later, a bottle of Cuervo in one hand, and a plastic rose in the other. I open the do...
June 22, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 14 by Dave Riley
Mrs. Bailey demonstrated awkward nonchalance and continued: “Fr. O’Bannion and I think you should try to act more like J...
June 14, 2006
 
People Change (pt. 4) by Ray
“People change.” The words sting me. No apology, no excuses, just those two words, blatant and blunt and sad. What...
June 13, 2006
 
People Change (pt. 3) by Ray
I don’t cry when I get to the bathroom, and I don’t throw up (which is actually what I thought I might do—I’ve never be...
June 12, 2006
 
People Change (pt. 2) by Ray
What he didn’t know was that I already knew about his website. It was a fluke that I ever found it. I just happened t...
June 09, 2006
 
People Change (pt. 1) by Ray
“What’s up, Jackie?” He asks. He has changed. I should know—I was secretly in love with him for six of the ten month...
June 08, 2006
 
The Carnival by Ray
Note from Ray: I wrote this for a contest I was gonna enter, but I forgot to read all t...
May 30, 2006
 
A Dog's Day (55) by Carey
She reaches for the leash and attaches it to my collar. “Hold up, I smell an intruder lingering on this fire hydrant.” ...
May 14, 2006
 
55 Words - NYC Last Night (an Autobiography) by Trey
Four A.M. Twenty dollars and the pink paper invite from the DJ gets us in. The greasy Italians in the tracksuits and ...
May 13, 2006
 
Another Fifty-Five by Ray
Broken Up I hate her and she hates me, and it doesn’t even matter, because we’ll never stop. She zips up her p...
May 12, 2006
 
an attempt at fifty-five by rik
Wow, this was much more difficult than Jesse made it sound, but here goes: She walked up the stairs to her apartment,...
May 12, 2006
 
Fifty-Fives by Jesse
Preface: Hello, Strangelanders. I was reminded of an exercise ...
May 12, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 13 by Dave Riley
Sister Mary Esther turned, faced the children, and raised her hands, poised to conduct the children, above her head. She...
May 09, 2006
 
Interview With An Alien by Ray
I had a bit of time on my hands, so I decided to go track down an alien to interview. I’m not talking about the illega...
May 07, 2006
 
Remembrance (conclusion) by Ray
Jonas weeps and wails and sobs and cries, and in the end, he sits shivering, trying to hold onto his sanity. “How?” h...
May 03, 2006
 
Remembrance (part one) by Ray
It’s called the grove by the people that call it anything, even though nothing grows from the trees. In fact, most of ...
May 02, 2006
 
Dealing With it (part 4--conclusion) by Ray
She hasn’t stayed the night at her own place in over two weeks. Tyler has practically moved out, claiming that the ste...
April 26, 2006
 
Dealing With it (part 3) by Ray
Surprisingly, she actually likes his outfit, which is too bad, because the shirt is too tight and the jeans make his le...
April 25, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 12 by Dave Riley
“Lemmee tell you something Kitty.” Kitty giggled and leaned forward. Mr. Bailey also giggled as he indicated Mrs. ...
April 24, 2006
 
Dealing With it (part 2) by Ray
“Dude, it’s totally got you.” “It doesn’t have me—it’s just becoming a problem, is all.” “Addicts never admit they ...
April 24, 2006
 
Dealing With it (part 1) by Ray
“Well, what do you think?” She looks at him expectantly, a huge smile on her face. She thinks that she’s done somethi...
April 22, 2006
 
Makes Boys Manly Men by Dave Riley
The hazy rays of the intense sun targeted the lawn chair into which Tony Poda had wedged his fat ass. It parboiled his e...
April 20, 2006
 
Emotion, Unchecked (part 6-conclusion) by Ray
I wake up quickly, but I’m not sure why. I look around the room, wondering what could have caused my heart to race so ...
April 13, 2006
 
Emotion, Unchecked (part 5) by Ray
I don’t even want to know what time it is. We’ve been kicked out of the bar, but Jessica somehow managed to talk the o...
April 12, 2006
 
Emotion, Unchecked (part 4) by Ray
“Tell me about when you grew up.” I’m three drinks in, which is not nearly enough to justify why I’m even considering ...
April 11, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 11 by Dave Riley
He fumbled with the adult-sized handset as he used his five-year-old hand to lift it from the cradle. Then he reached wi...
April 09, 2006
 
Emotion, Unchecked (part 3) by Ray
We get to Hederton just as the sun is setting, which is probably for the best—it’s not the kind of place that you reall...
April 08, 2006
 
What Remains by Jesse
Somewhere, on a lonely street, a perfect line of elms keep the company of a roadway whose intent is long forgotten. It i...
April 07, 2006
 
Emotion, Unchecked (part 2) by Ray
“This is getting too easy.” I start the car as she straps herself in. It’s two days later, and we’re already done wit...
April 06, 2006
 
Emotion, Unchecked (part 1) by Ray
“I think he’s cheating on me.” Oh, shit, not this again. I roll my eyes, exaggerated, so she can’t help but see it a...
April 05, 2006
 
Giving In (conclusion) by Ray
“What are you doing here?” It’s been about ten seconds since we heard the sound of his car starting up, the engine rev...
March 22, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 10 by Dave Riley
“He’s always embarrassing me! He’s so immature! He’s just jealous ‘cause I’m practically a grown-up, that’s all.”...
March 22, 2006
 
Giving In (pt. 2) by Ray
It’s foggy as shit. Three, maybe four feet in front of me, that’s what I can see clearly. Five feet past that, it’s l...
March 21, 2006
 
Giving In (pt. 1) explicit scenes by Ray
I’m about halfway through it and I realize that I’m bored. She doesn’t seem to be having the same problem, though, so ...
March 20, 2006
 
Hunting Trip part 8 by Ray
For just a second, I freeze. It isn’t because I’m too scared to act, it’s because I can’t decide the best thing to do....
March 15, 2006
 
Hunting Trip part 7 by Ray
I’m up early, and it’s still dark. The dark of the morning isn’t nearly so bad as the dark of the night. With the mo...
March 14, 2006
 
Hunting Trip part 6 by Ray
What woke me up was Mr. Roth shaking me. He didn’t do it gently, not like my mom did on school days to get me out of b...
March 13, 2006
 
Hunting Trip part 5 by Ray
It’s dark. Darker than it ever gets in the city, which is kind of weird. I mean, even if you stand in the closet with...
March 11, 2006
 
Hunting Trip part 4 by Ray
“Daddy?” I asked, because I didn’t know what else to say, but I think it was already too late. He died quick. “Ho...
March 10, 2006
 
Hunting Trip part 3 by Ray
It’s dark. Darker than it ever gets in the city, which is kind of weird. I mean, even if you stand in the closet with...
March 09, 2006
 
Hunting Trip part 2 by Ray
It’s dark. Darker than it ever gets in the city, which is kind of weird. I mean, even if you stand in the closet with...
March 08, 2006
 
Hunting Trip part 1 by Ray
It’s dark. Darker than it ever gets in the city, which is kind of weird. I mean, even if you stand in the closet with...
March 07, 2006
 
Pt. 14: The End by Ray
“Okay, it’s time we checked you out,” Natalie Portman tells Beth Anne Williams. The emergency room has cleared out, an...
February 27, 2006
 
Pt. 13: Charlie (Around Other Places) by Ray
Back when he was young, he memorized the facts. Friends, family, pets, jobs, hobbies, interests, loves found and loves...
February 24, 2006
 
Pt. 12: Charlie (Around) by Ray
The figure walks through the hospital, not paying attention to any of the hustling, hurrying people around him. Most o...
February 23, 2006
 
Pt. 11: In the Midst (ER) by Ray
Frankie Smith has seen all kinds of crazy stuff during the night hours of the ER, but he has never seen anything like w...
February 22, 2006
 
Pt. 10: All At Once (ER) by Ray
Frankie Smith is worried about what he’s going to tell Dr. Mendon about the missing bed. As the elevator rises, he run...
February 21, 2006
 
Pt. 9: Natalie, Rodney, and Beth Anne (ER) by Ray
Natalie Portman looked over and saw that the old woman was coughing up blood. She was doing it as quietly as possible,...
February 20, 2006
 
Pt. 8: Frankie Smith (Loading Dock) by Ray
Frankie Smith isn’t the brightest crayon in the box, and he never has been. He knows it, and he knows that other peopl...
February 19, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 9 by Dave Riley
The spot advertising the Ploughboys on the Shorty Harris Show must have been in last-minute heavy rotation. Roy h...
February 16, 2006
 
Pt. 7: Natalie Portman (ER Desk) by Ray
Natalie Portman sits at the desk, thinking about her problems. She knows she should be thinking about other people’s p...
February 15, 2006
 
Pt. 6: Beth Anne Williams (Emergency Room) by Ray
Cancer The word whispered through her head like a child tiptoeing through the house on Christmas morning, hopi...
February 14, 2006
 
Pt. 5: Rodney Benedict (Emergency Room) by Ray
Rodney Benedict is not a man to wait. Or at least he wishes he wasn’t. He’s wants to be an important man—he’s ...
February 13, 2006
 
Pt. 4: Beth Anne Williams (Emergency Room) by Ray
Beth Anne Williams looked around. No matter how many patients were escorted through the corridors of the hospital, the...
February 13, 2006
 
Pt. 3: Cody Burns (Loading Dock) by Ray
Cody Burns sits at the desk, trying to stay awake. He is not what you would call a happy camper, by any means. Cody B...
February 10, 2006
 
Pt. 2: Beth Anne Williams (Emergency Room) by Ray
Beth Anne Williams sat on the edge of the seat, aching horribly. She had lived for eighty-two years, and she wasn’t su...
February 09, 2006
 
Pt. 1: Tom Miller and Billy (Warehouse) by Ray
Tom Miller removes the cigar from his mouth and glares down at the clipboard. The cigar isn’t lit—it’s been illegal to...
February 08, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 8 by Dave Riley
Mrs. Bailey continued, “Well it was so obvious. Can you just imagine? That—God bless me—harlot winked at you!” This p...
January 28, 2006
 
It's a Job by Ray
“You are a terrible man,” she whispers. “I’m worse than that.” I grab her arm and haul her down the steps. She does...
January 18, 2006
 
Shame-O Episode 7 by Dave Riley
Mrs. Bailey sounded detached after the excitement. “Oh him. He stumbled out front and is getting sick on the lawn...
January 05, 2006
 
Wrath pt. 7 by Ray
He kicks open the door, gun drawn, anticipating whatever. For just a second, I wish I could be up and ready, guns blaz...
January 01, 2006
 
heres to the night. by STRANGE GIRL
ok the margaritas are gone and the hight is nearing an end as well as other things. air supply CD croons of lovers split...
December 28, 2005
 
She Walked In...part 3 by Ray
The guy with the glowing grill, he didn’t seem to like getting shot too much, but it didn’t bother him enough for me to...
December 19, 2005
 
Shame-O Episode 6 by Dave Riley
“Oh a group of them just passed on their way from the bar out to the parking lot. They were playing ‘Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah’ o...
December 17, 2005
 
Wrath pt. 6 by Ray
“Wake up, you sonuva bitch!” I jerk out of my daze, and almost piss my pants. What is the matter with me? This hell...
December 14, 2005
 
Silent Night by Ray
The hallway is like maze, a new door every five feet or so, and it seems to go on forever, but he never even pauses as ...
December 13, 2005
 
by Jesse
Dream is the method by which we have resolved to reconcile this we urge to be truth with that which, by any means, must ...
December 10, 2005
 
Telling Stories by Ray
”How was your day, Davey?” “Not so good.” David is four years old, his grandpa is ageless. He sits in his grandp...
December 10, 2005
 
Shame-O Episode 5 by Dave Riley
Roy still giggled as he bent over and pressed STOP. He examined Janie’s face hoping to find approval. Instead he found t...
December 02, 2005
 
She Walked In...part 2 by Ray
I spent the rest of the afternoon sipping from the bottle I keep in the top-right drawer of my desk. In the top-left s...
November 30, 2005
 
Wrath pt. 5 by Ray
He’s almost here…has to be. Fifty floors or not, even if he’s worried about me laying some traps, he’s got to be getti...
November 29, 2005
 
Shame-O Episode 4 by Dave Riley
"What does this Shame-O guy do anyway?" She displayed the awe of a child describing a magic trick as she explained, "...
November 19, 2005
 
Hide Me Open by Jesse
The smooth, cool glass had fogged over and become spotted with his fingerprints. He stared down into his hand in contemp...
November 14, 2005
 
A Story on Cue by Jesse
Donny was a mouse of nominal stature, but all the other mice in the neighborhood new him as Big Donny... Big Donny woo...
November 14, 2005
 
She walked in... by Trey
*an answer to ray's two heart beats. a new story for anyone who wants to write on it... if there's any takers. It...
November 02, 2005
 
Shame-O Episode 3 by Dave Riley
Jim Bailey turned up in the family room futzing with his tie knot and grumbling something about being under-appreciated ...
November 02, 2005
 
Richard's Horror by Ray
Note from Ray: I didn't get a chance to proof-read this, and I'm not too sure about the ending, b...
October 31, 2005
 
Mother's Milk by Jesse
In 2185, things had gotten out of hand. The latest and thus far most outrageous boom generation had just come of age in ...
October 29, 2005
 
County Fair by Ray
He walks slowly, making sure to look like he’s enjoying himself. The jeans he’s wearing are uncomfortable, too tight i...
October 21, 2005
 
What a Day Today Is by Jesse
I was smiling lightly and stepping briskly, making my way out of the computer lab to eventually make my way toward my bu...
October 13, 2005
 
Shame-O Episode 2 by Dave Riley
Roy said and did nothing to annoy Emily while Patty's scheme almost succeeded but fizzled out when a nosy classmate got ...
October 12, 2005
 
Wrath pt. 4 by Ray
“What’s goin’ on up there, Wrath?” What floor is he on right now, I don’t know. He’s closer, and that’s bad enough. ...
October 12, 2005
 
Probably Misplaced by Jesse
I'm thinking of getting a tattoo. I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of a guy with a sweet face, dressed in engineering ca...
October 11, 2005
 
Shame-O Episode 1 by Dave Riley
Fran Bailey used both hands to fasten her right earring while she hurriedly descended the carpeted stairs of the Bailey'...
October 01, 2005
 
Grandpa Bowser and Tiny Little Rosie by Dave Riley
Grandpa Bowser grasped Tiny Little Rosie's hand as they strolled down the street. He towered over the small girl and had...
September 18, 2005
 
Wrath pt. 3 by Ray
I hear the steps creak, it sounds like he’s about fifteen stories up. Petey. Now there’s a story. We started out as ...
September 13, 2005
 
Wrath pt. 2 by Ray
My real name isn’t important, really. I left it behind so long ago that most people don’t even realize that I have one...
September 03, 2005
 
Wrath pt. 1 by Ray
Nothing feels right tonight. Things going on that are more than likely none of your business, or entirely too much you...
September 02, 2005
 
Double Life by Ray
A Note From Ray: Listen, man, this story is not a happy one. I started it a long time...
August 25, 2005
 
The Diner by Ray
Sitting in the diner, the rain is pouring down like a Hollywood effect, it’s ridiculous. I stare at the circle of spil...
August 17, 2005
 
Freddy vs. Superman by Ray
Here’s what would happen in a fight between Superman and Freddy. Freddy being the menace from all the Nightmare on Elm...
July 25, 2005
 
Batman vs. The Crow by Ray
“Welcome to the events today, ladies and gentlemen! My name is Gentry O’Mally, and beside me is Tug Whattabe.” “Howy...
July 24, 2005
 
Next Morning by Ray
It’s his breath that wakes me up, I think. Once I’m awake, it’s difficult to say for sure what woke me up. Maybe it’s...
July 03, 2005
 
The Island by Ray
I sit on the deck, smoking my cigarette, listening, knowing that it won’t be long now. I wonder what it’s going to be...
June 24, 2005
 
Ray's Rental Ru...I Can't Think Of Another "R" Word by Ray
June 03, 2005
 
Club Rooster (with intro) by Ray
Hello, children. I was going to try to finish up another Portly Boy tonight, but it didn’t work out too well. What h...
May 25, 2005
 
Lost and Forgotten by Ray
“Do you have the answers?” I don’t know who she’s asking, but I don’t feel like talking, so I just assume she’s talkin...
April 28, 2005
 
two krispy kremes and a hotdog by STRANGE GIRL
the night at the big apple.... i told them....we gotta find it..... it is the best....I had heard..... I told them....
April 23, 2005
 
What do I do? by Alicia Young One
Why is it that things sometimes don't go as planned? Why don't things always work out? Despite my age I do...
April 23, 2005
 
A Day On the Couch by Ray
“Ray, tell me a story.” I sit up suddenly, a sweat forming on my forehead immediately and cooling almost as quickly. ...
April 16, 2005
 
A Day In the Park by Ray
“Ray, tell me a story.” That’s what the child says. He’s got dark hair, brown, but so dark that it almost looks blac...
April 06, 2005
 
The Questions by STRANGE GIRL
When she asked? When do I matter? Have I done something to deserve this silent treatment? Do I deserve to b...
March 21, 2005
 
a bright scar filled night by walt valentine
*/ today i sat down and slowly finished the final pages of a well recommended book. enduring and endearing to t...
March 10, 2005
 
The Desktop by STRANGE GIRL
Ahhhhh...The sweet sound of my fingers tapping the black buttons. What a joy, What a thrill. The world of my imaginati...
March 05, 2005
 
Sea Bound by Ray
You sit on the couch, wondering where all of these people came from. Your eyes itch, and your cheeks are wet with tear...
October 12, 2004
 
Halloween Story by Ray
It was a pretty good time--if you like the feeling of your brain being date-raped. He opened the door, all smiles. W...
October 12, 2004
 
The showdown by Carey
"I don't think we should see each other anymore." Words that were spoken out of the blue by the girl who thought she had...
April 23, 2004