Stories

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”

Flannery O’Connor

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 2

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 2

***Read Part 1 Part 2: Demon of the Deep “Why, on the contrary, you’re just in time,” said Conrad, tipping his hat. He clearly recognized Spellman’s dominant aura. “I was just informing these fine gents here about the opportunity of a lifetime.” “No. I’m afraid not,”...
The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 1

The Monster of Lake Van Buren: Part 1

Part 1: Conundrum I am certain that I will come to regret divulging my real name to you, given the sheer embarrassment of being associated with such a spectacle as the freak show that I am about to expose. This would be the same freak show, mind you, that nearly sent...
No Guarantees

No Guarantees

**TW: mentions of violence against LGBTQ people and people of color**   Rodney held the papers up to his face next to the bulb dangling above the kitchen table to read the fine points of terminating parental rights and responsibilities. In the murky glow, his sculpted...
Saturday

Saturday

Madrigal has lost an earring, five carats of genuine imperial golden topaz, inherited from her great-grandmother, a Russian princess who smuggled her jewelry out of Moscow when she fled the Bolsheviks. Very well hidden, Madrigal says. Hidden where? everyone wants to...
Cuss Words

Cuss Words

Alabama summers were a physical thing, heat and humidity so unrelenting that most folks would’ve cussed it if they’d had the energy. On the hottest days, it was best just to pull the curtains closed, stand in front of an air conditioning vent and sip on sweet tea. But...