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Your Child by Tim Frank

Your Child by Tim Frank As Rostov’s eyelids inched open, caked with the gunk of dried tears, a shooting pain angled down from his wrist and along his arm. He was chained to the...

Creature in the Closet by Jake Wiklacz

Creature in the Closet by Jale Wiklacz The first thing nine-year-old Bobby associated with that old farmhouse was this weird, musty smell. That was the end of him growing accustomed to the place, at...

The Laughter of the Clown by Mark SaFranko

The Laughter of the Clown by Mark SaFranko The moment Garrett Bernson pushed through the turnstile and went for the vacant bench, he saw her. A tall blonde of around thirty, she was standing...

Miracle Baby by M E Johnson

Miracle Baby by M. E. Johnson I woke up trying to scream. The dream was so real. I wanted everything to shut off; I wanted to split my lungs, to kill myself screaming. But...

Kirkland’s Pond Bridge by Colin Pryor

Kirkland’s Pond Bridge by Colin Pryor Kirkland’s Pond sat next to Fenton High School. A former mill-pond turned state park, it served as a recreational area to thousands of boaters, fishermen, and day hikers...

Tap by Christopher Hivner

Tap by Christopher Hivner Tap, tap, tap. Trask Donley found the edge of the curb with his stick. Shuffling his feet forward, he reached out for the road and when he was satisfied he...

A Choice by Anthony Freeman

A Choice by Anthony Freeman A thin silhouette of a young child crouched beneath an ancient wagon, her scraggly form wrapped in comforting shadows from prying eyes and the docks’ blazing midday sun. She...

392 Days by Christopher Hivner

392 Days by Christopher Hivner I saw metallic wings in the sky, watched them move up and down pushing the cold air in circles. They were huge, each bigger than a school bus. The...

The Woman at the Piano by M.J. Cleghorn

The Woman at the Piano By m.j. cleghorn The 1934 Black Ebony Steinway stood alone and upright against the whitewashed wall. The woman at the piano was dead. The last few moments of her...