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Letter from the Editor | February 2017

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

  This month we have some fantastic guest contributors and artists to share with you, gentle reader. Award-winning novelist, game writer and journalist Lisa Brunette shares some of her experience as a writer. Author Trevor Zaples offers his two cents about writing for pay (and sometimes …

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God in the Garage

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

When Tomas arrived at the apartment, there was a naked hooker sitting on the kitchen table, one leg above her head. The music was so loud, he’d heard it from the street– techno, or pop electric, and now that he was inside the apartment, the …

The Little Death

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

Each night our mascot— a black and white cat— sneaks into the base searching for a warm lap and scraps of food. Tonight our reconnaissance unit joins an elite group of combat fighters. These tough guys volunteer for their unit with the promise of death …

How to Stay in the Whale

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

    The first thing Brandon says, after coming to, is a lie. “What happened?” his father asks. “I was trying to get the dog away from the stairs,” he says. And although the doctors at the hospital are sure there is no evidence of …

All Those Love Notes Swarm Like Insects

Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

  The note tucked into my backpack pocket. First note. A simple question with a doodle resembles a turtle nearby. His fingertips rich with Irish Spring. An answer is what begins when all he wants is an answer. The heft of high school hardback textbooks …


Issue No. 237 ~ February, 2017

It was the first day of summer when we burned Daddy’s body. I know because I looked at the calendar in the pantry right before doin it. I wanted to remember the day. We decided to burn him because we knew diggin a hole would …