Fiction 8.1

Coasts by Caroline Swicegood

Coasts by Caroline Swicegood

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 There is a woman who tells me stories. She sits in the alley behind the restaurant where I work, under the shade of the iron fire escape that snakes up the outside wall, and makes necklaces and bracelets out of […]

After the End of the War by Hanne Steen

After the End of the War by Hanne Steen

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Now you wander, dazed, through the mess after the end of the war. The buildings bombed-out and silent in the milky smoke and you’re trying not to look for pieces of bones, trying not to listen for the buried beats […]

Tell Me about Pittsburgh by Tim Poland

Tell Me about Pittsburgh by Tim Poland

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Then There were no clues. None. Nothing out of place in the house—no jimmied lock or broken window, no evidence of struggle, such as overturned furniture, an abandoned shoe, or a suspicious smear of blood on the floor. No clothing […]

Archaeology of Dad by Marcus Pactor

Archaeology of Dad by Marcus Pactor

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 You would not remember him. His name was buried with Cold War politics, but in the seventies and early eighties, he corresponded with Irving Kristol and Norman Podhoretz. He wrote op-eds for Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and Grey’s Review. His […]

The Question of Noel by Kori Frazier Morgan

The Question of Noel by Kori Frazier Morgan

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 May, 2000 When the cops brought Noel back to Penny’s house last night, Penny was not surprised, not angry. More like dismayed. This wasn’t the first time it had happened. “We recovered your missing possessions,” the officer said. “Most of […]

Trucker by Todd McKie

Trucker by Todd McKie

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Ellen knew the guys she brought home weren’t exactly rocket scientists—there weren’t many rocket scientists in, or even passing through, Elk City, Oklahoma—but this guy was different. He sounded dumb, alright, but he was sweet as pie. She remembered what […]

Flight by Molly McGillicuddy

Flight by Molly McGillicuddy

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 A bird is flying around my attic. I hear it beating its scared body against the windows. Below the attic in my bedroom, as I lie under one sheet with my eyes open, I hear the thud when the bird […]

It Takes a Village by Steve Karas

It Takes a Village by Steve Karas

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Andrew’s new boss noticed him staring at her calf tattoo while she searched her file cabinet for school policies on hazing, drug use, and food allergies. The tattoo was a jumble of letters in a language he didn’t speak. “You […]

The Way a Lover Might by C. E. Covey

The Way a Lover Might by C. E. Covey

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Nervous and excited, his stomach a frenzy, Zack McAlester parked in the woman’s driveway. The sun had set behind him. The trees and parked cars along the road were colored with dull shades of purple and orange and blue. He […]

That Magic Box by Lisa Alexander

That Magic Box by Lisa Alexander

Fiction, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 “Where would I be without Yuna’s magic box?” Elliot said. I couldn’t have heard that right. I shot a quick look at Margot, my wife—her eyes had gone slightly wider, though she kept a fixed smile on her face. As […]