Category Archives: Fiction

The Room of Eden

Once she had existed, and the world had spun before her not at a distance, but within her arms, and all who had lived looked upon her, knew all which they should ever know in the expanse of everything that … Continue reading

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Harper’s Hideaway

I’ve come to realize there’s an art to spreading mulch. It’s all touch. You have to wag the shovel just right with your back hand to lay down a thin, even coat, and wrapping it around trees and boulders requires … Continue reading

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Art

I He zipped down the highway as if he were an SS officer on the Autobahn, immune to prosecution. He spoke fluent German, Russian, and Japanese. He knew all the assignments of the Nazi high command, had ferreted out their … Continue reading

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Congo Special

Hunched over the steering wheel, Bear drove Lisa’s little Jap car north from Rawlins, peering through the wet snow that spattered his windshield. Lisa had jawboned him into leaving his SUV in Denver, rather than waste all that gas on … Continue reading

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Tampico Window

The bar’s got three semicircle windows in the wall that faces the parking lot, and they’re all mirrors. Other words, you can see the inside from the outside, but you can only see the inside from the inside. Not much … Continue reading

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The Seed

Sally was cooking dinner in the kitchen. Outside, little Janie was crying. She was screaming something about that midget. Kyle was in the living room watching television: a woman being chased down a San Francisco street. “Go out there and … Continue reading

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Double Take

I confess the first time I turned my head allowed me to see what was happening behind me. Briefly. Nothing but the flash of Spring’s twitching light, bouncing off too many glossy surfaces—windows, sills—one bronze pin oak leaf spinning slightly, like my mother’s hand that … Continue reading

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Cottage cheese

I adopted Faye as a surrogate mother. She was ninety in February and her brain, despite the years, cracks through the night like a whip. She lived in Longmont at The Estates which was quite a name for a retirement … Continue reading

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A Small Green Bottle

Original by Ken Nishizaki, translation by Toshiya Kamei A bright blue sky stretched over Vernon County, and Augusta’s mood reflected the weather. Her son, Ed, was delighted at the prospect of not having to jerk himself off. Augusta pulled a … Continue reading

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The Minimalist

Day 0: Charlie hungered for the bag of blood the nurse pulled. She knew how hospitals worked though, and she knew she had to keep following her own empty-handed healthcare professional. “When will I hear?” “We’ll call you in exactly … Continue reading

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Late Developers

In the last few weeks of her life, I caught him peeing in the sink. I came through the back door, as all of us always did, via the porch with its fly papers and window ledges and stands chock-full … Continue reading

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The Fire

Somehow Kirby and I end up alone in the house. It doesn’t happen very often because six of us have been sharing this house for over a year, and guests, lovers, and other visitors frequently swell the population. But tonight … Continue reading

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His First Voyage

The boy hadn’t even been allowed to stay on deck when wind plumped the sails and the ship eased out of Bombay harbour. He’d been sent below to the galley where he’d stay for the next few months, while the … Continue reading

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YMCA

The topic in Danny’s Trans Am was the movie star we had seen at the YMCA pool, Warren County, Ohio. Had I not watched the movie star act on television throughout my childhood and been disappointed in his movies once … Continue reading

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Cat Bone Mine

The mine office sat in the middle of the Schoenberg landfill and itself looked like a huge discarded cardboard box, as soiled and stained as an old cardboard box would be. As he passed tight security at the entrance checkpoint, … Continue reading

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Oxford Blue

Here, it’s midnight. We don’t know how long it’s been midnight, but we realized it was a few days ago. “When was the last time anybody saw the sun?” Courtney asked, her little hand on her hip. None of us … Continue reading

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Loose Thread

Now that they were old, they were getting rid of everything that was new, except for the 50-inch flat screen TV. They couldn’t resist leaving it on; finding it remarkable how they could see details in the big picture that … Continue reading

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Mija

At night I drink wine and stalk my mother’s house. The next morning, I wake up tired. Best Cat Ever butts my head, chews my hair, tries to pull out my Scrunchie. Every once in a while, he succeeds, and … Continue reading

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Living with the Stars

Original by Fusako Ohki, translation by Toshiya Kamei Keeping stars as pets. That was the latest craze sweeping Japan. I had no desire to follow this trend myself, but my classmates often told me how cute their pet stars were. … Continue reading

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The Tentacles

Out here in the Baja, there are animals that live underground their entire lives. Really. All you can see are their giant tentacles that rise up over the rocks and dirt of the desert, taller than some cacti and almost … Continue reading

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A Story About Noise

The bar had red vinyl stools bolted to the floor. When the two of them came in, it had been raining. The woman had shoulder-length red hair, drenched and moving with her body as if spilling from a wound. She … Continue reading

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The Disciples of Baphomet

I have yet to meet my new housekeeper. She comes highly recommended from, well, shall we say an intimate acquaintance of mine. The agency is headquartered in an anonymous building along the industrial riverfront where, if the amateur historians are … Continue reading

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Pixel Wife

When they launched the downloadable companions, Russell laughed it off, shoveling down a forkful of the egg foo yung we were eating on the couch. You wouldn’t fuck a hologram, would you? I looked away. I had married Russell because … Continue reading

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Paradise

This is the end, so it appears. I wonder if you still dream. I imagine you do, though hopefully not of our zip lining adventure in Costa Rica. My screams were my own, I don’t apologize. A strong falsetto, that’s … Continue reading

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From Diego’s Mouth

Today, Grandmother says, you’re going to witness an atrocity. And you won’t be able to do a thing about it. You understand? I nod. She sits in front of a large cross and an image of the Virgin Mary and … Continue reading

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