Vol. 8.3

A Noble Disaster: A Play in One Act by Nicholas Sauer

A Noble Disaster: A Play in One Act by Nicholas Sauer

Drama, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Cast of Characters ERIC DELUCA, high school teacher by profession, is in his mid-to-late twenties. Ideally, he should be on the lanky side; his pale skin contrasts with his dark hair. His clothes are neat but casual, perhaps a button-down, […]

Please Come Back by C. M. Barnes

Please Come Back by C. M. Barnes

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 So early in a warm motel hallway. The drone of hidden coffee machines coming to life. Waffle fumes steaming up the elevator. A thin vapor of existence rising here: the third floor. And the cleaning cart, with its donkey load […]

Silence by Patricia Bindert

Silence by Patricia Bindert

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Once again Fritz had been arrested, this time at Pinsplitters, the bowling alley. He had given June, his neighbor at the Linger Longer Over 55 Mobile Home Park and RV Storage, a key to unlock his trailer in case of […]

Fritz Goes to the Bowling Alley to Meet Someone Who Winked at Him on Match.com by Patricia Bindert

Fritz Goes to the Bowling Alley to Meet Someone Who Winked at Him on Match.com by Patricia Bindert

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Leon told Fritz about Match.com at the Labor Day picnic at the Linger Longer Over 55 Mobile Home Park and RV Storage Clubhouse and Pool. Fritz had been sitting alone at one of the picnic tables outside, with his sectioned […]

Mercury Falling by Jean Boler

Mercury Falling by Jean Boler

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 That summer, Weldon Springs, Missouri, was so hot that John Barry’s three oldest children spent almost every waking hour in the trailer court swimming pool. Their northern skin baked under that hot sun, and John’s oldest daughter, Joyce, had skin […]

City Land by John Burgman

City Land by John Burgman

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Some time ago, I had my nose broken by a gang of Japanese teenagers. It was the same summer I worked as a copy editor at the English-language magazine, City Land, in Tokyo. I had been at the job a […]

Woodworkers by Elissa Cahn

Woodworkers by Elissa Cahn

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Dust rose so thick around the car as they plodded down the dry dirt road, Carly could barely see out the window. In the driver’s seat, her father clutched an hours-old paper cup of coffee, a map spread across his […]

Angel Caging by Martin Reed

Angel Caging by Martin Reed

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 X Factor was on the last time it happened. “It rapes carpets. Nice pedal,” said Tina. It wasn’t what she was trying to say. Not nearly. Not again, she thought. Trevor didn’t hear. He had the television up loud and […]

The Fishermen by R. M. Schmidt

The Fishermen by R. M. Schmidt

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Most of the bank was spotted with bulrush, while the shallows were covered with thick mats of lily pads, making these sections inaccessible from the shore. Some stretches, though, were flat and open—a well-kept green lawn where picnickers would enjoy […]

Before by Greg Shemkovitz

Before by Greg Shemkovitz

Fiction, Vol. 8.3, Sept. 2014 Paul was flying, weightless and limp like a ragdoll or maybe just a rag, a limbless and ragged piece of debris, suspended for a moment—though it felt so much longer—above the murky Schuylkill, and yet somehow he felt free like, […]