Fiction 3.1

The Rules by John Walker

The Rules by John Walker

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 They load handsaws, axes, and splitting wedges into the truck bed, putting in last their jack saw with the rusted blade and cracked gray handles, then cover the load with a tarp, the middle sagging already with the weight of […]

The Storyteller of Ulatphet by Arijit Sen

The Storyteller of Ulatphet by Arijit Sen

 Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 1. ‘Let me,’ the Storyteller said, ‘let me tell you a story.’ The crowd grew silent. The Storyteller of Ulatphet, the keeper of Ulatphet’s memories, was about to speak, the story was about to begin. ‘This is the story,’ the […]

Physiological Drought by Matthew Salesses

Physiological Drought by Matthew Salesses

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 I can hear his hands slapping over his flat stomach from the bathroom, where he is pouring out the buckets of water we’ve saved for these makeshift showers. At the beginning of the drought, before the city reservoir ran dry, […]

Anton by Chris Powici

Anton by Chris Powici

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 He shambled in an hour before last orders—tatty brown wool suit, patched at the elbows, old style John Lennon glasses that made his eyes look like dark pennies—settled himself in the corner between the dartboard and the cigarette machine and […]

Losing Him by Anna Peerbolt

Losing Him by Anna Peerbolt

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 Around midnight, unable to sleep, Esther gets up. She keeps a fifth of whiskey behind a stack of National Geographics in the hall closet. She gets a juice glass from the kitchen, pours in a couple of jiggers and sits […]

Blood and Ashes by Madison Leigh

Blood and Ashes by Madison Leigh

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 She asked that her ashes be buried in the rose bed, and he had done so.  Nevertheless, every time he glanced out of his studio window, he entertained the notion of digging up the bushes.  He wearied of seeing her phantom […]

The Summer of ’89 by Nicole Lee

The Summer of ’89 by Nicole Lee

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 ‘The girls here are like watermelons,’ says Scully. ‘Hard to crack and full of seeds.’ It’s hot. We’re straddled round the kitchen table, stuck like slugs to our chairs. ‘You reckon?’ ‘I like them fierce,’ says Gaz, his mouth full […]

Flood Plain by Sarah Hilary

Flood Plain by Sarah Hilary

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 It was a very Biblical Easter in our little corner of England. Forty days and nights of rain sluiced the last of the snow through soil and silage, delivering it down from the hills in a great wave that set […]

The Bra Maker: A Novelette by Natasha Grinberg

The Bra Maker: A Novelette by Natasha Grinberg

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 Room 408. Beth Israel Hospital, Newark, NJ, 1998. Once you die, things become fascinating. I promise. But don’t rush. You have such a beautiful life that I almost wish I could hang on longer to glimpse it once in a […]

Dali and the Copywriter by Perry Genovesi

Dali and the Copywriter by Perry Genovesi

Fiction, Vol. 3.1, March 2009 The Copywriter makes a pitch to Salvador Dali. He wishes for the artist to join him, contractually, in the creation of a new cereal. It’s to bear Dali’s image, likeness and vision right there on the box. The cereal will […]