The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore

The Girl in the Shrine on Mount Osore

by Jordan Taylor

 

The Crone

Yumiko’s grandmother adjusts her brown kimono, the blue veins in her hands like swollen rivers.

“Child, are you listening?” she asks. Her voice is very small, a field mouse’s scratch in the semi-darkness.

Yumiko […]

Spiked

Spiked

by Rich Larson

 

When Jasper skypes me at midnight suggesting we break into his parents’ not-yet-insured reefhouse to drink with some girls, I can tell he is past tipsy, getting to turvy. I sit up in bed and dim my phone to a dull red, squinting […]

Go Outside

Go Outside

by Adam Vine

 

We are in the sky, pinching clouds apart with our fingers. They have no flight suits, and didn’t allow me to bring mine. But I don’t need anything. I am riding on one of their backs. The experience is strange. I feel like […]

Egg Lilies

Egg Lilies

by Brenda Kalt

 

Gliding through the Prime Minister’s party in her long-sleeved black shift that concealed her alien form, Milla TaPo tried not to look at the human party-goers in their various states of undress. As the Vendan custodian of the egg lilies arranged on […]

Another

Another

by Jon Rollins

 

My wife was already dead when I parked our Bronco in front of the Oasis Inn Deluxe. I just didn’t know it yet.

That’s what we called our small adobe home out there in the remote western New Mexico foothills. The Oasis Inn […]

Against the Grain

Against the Grain

by Janet K. Nicolson

 

In the hottest part of the summer, when Jenna wanted nothing more than to relax with a cold lager after work, her doctor gave her the test results: she was celiac and allergic to gluten. Wanting badly to talk about […]

Of Squid and Schism

Of Squid and Schism

by Devan Barlow

 

The Mollusk made me do this.

“The other students look up to you. You’ll set a good example by going first.”

I was easy prey. Everyone else had already managed to get out the door.

“I don’t want to.”

She […]

Ground Support

Ground Support

by Mike Barretta

 

Astronaut Damian Quinn was alone, a billion miles away from the nearest human being, buried alive in the night; he was sure he was going to die, and he couldn’t wait.

She looked to the night sky and wondered […]

The Golden Daffodils

The Golden Daffodils

by James Van Pelt

 

No one should get drunk at carnivals. They are drunk already with rippling tents, cotton candy, rollercoaster, and always, always screaming children. Carnivals reel on their own. To be there is to wallow in revelry, to be sucked in, to […]

The Vengeance of Curion

The Vengeance of Curion

by S. L. Harris

 

Marl had gotten clean away with the crown of Curion and was drinking down the first of his profits when the vengeance of that immortal sorcerer began. The rogue’s gaze traveled down his lifted tankard to behold a wracked […]