Fiction 4.1

The Warden by David Ackley

The Warden by David Ackley

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 The store occupied a weathered frame house on a lot scooped from the dispirited woodlands along Maine’s western border. Matching green pickups were parked near the door, drawing the eye of the man filling his tank at the lone gas […]

No One Expects a Widow to Speak by Emily Adrian

No One Expects a Widow to Speak by Emily Adrian

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Our father was from Santiago. He never spoke of Santiago or how he happened to love our mother—or at least marry her, stay with her, and come when she called. She called for him constantly, and by the middle name, […]

August from July by Eric Aldrich

August from July by Eric Aldrich

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Hillary picked her pack of cigarettes up off the floor, slunk across the peeling linoleum in the kitchen and stepped out the back door into the sunlight. She waded through the high grass, past a broken grill and a swingless […]

All Over a Bowl of Bitter Beans by Alec Bryan

All Over a Bowl of Bitter Beans by Alec Bryan

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 §”All Over a Bowl of Bitter Beans” is Part III of IV of the novel Night on the Invisible Sun; Part I, “The Tugs and Pulls of Existence,” appeared in Prick of the Spindle Vol. 3.2. Read it here. Read […]

Millerstown, OH by Doug Cornett

Millerstown, OH by Doug Cornett

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 I. There had been a town-wide blackout in the early morning hours of August 12th, and the suited visitors first appeared in the half-light just before daybreak. John Murray, the morning delivery driver for the Millerstown Hub, claimed he saw […]

Enough by Rebecca Cross

Enough by Rebecca Cross

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 “The freak is all appetite,” the Fat Lady said. Then she peeled a layer of salami from her sandwich and bared her small, ferocious teeth as she raised it to her mouth. “Eating is one thing,” she said. “Everyone eats. […]

Dessa and the Can Hermit by Micah Dean Hicks

Dessa and the Can Hermit by Micah Dean Hicks

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 It was Saturday, and Dessa was collecting cans to swap for nickels. She dragged a plastic garbage sack behind her and worked the cans out of the orange ditches with a stick. The woods were hot and quiet on both […]

The End of the World by Jac Jemc

The End of the World by Jac Jemc

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Skua came onto the scene late. What Skua saw was aftermath. Baby faces, sweet and shoved in. One man’s smile where it didn’t belong. A rat’s ass forced into the wall. A kitten lost in the confusion. To look at […]

Corn, Hell, and Fiddlers by Maury Nicely

Corn, Hell, and Fiddlers by Maury Nicely

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 Blackbird Records, BB 287 (1948) “Yes sir, we raise corn, hell, and fiddlers, and we had a pretty good crop this year, all around.” —Uncle Bud Littlefield Atlanta Constitution, November 14, 1920 “Yeah, I can take you to her,” returned […]

The Runners by Hannah Oberman-Breindel

The Runners by Hannah Oberman-Breindel

Fiction, Vol. 4.1, March 2010 There are approximately sixty thousand high school runners in the United States. During Allie’s senior year in high school, she was faster than all but seven of them. In college terms, that is better than scoring in the 99 th […]