Category: short fiction

Halloween Decorations by James Jakins

Traditions are important. No matter how insignificant, how stupid, or how cruel. We hold to them. My hometown, a small, rural place, has its own traditions. And, as is the way with small, rural places, traditions are held to more strictly than elsewhere. And, if ever there is a day meant for traditions, it is

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Halloween Flash Fiction: “Polka Dots”

By J.L. Mayne The bile stings as it ejects from my empty stomach into the white porcelain. The acid struggles to mix with the water. Strings of green and yellow drip through the murk to the base of the bowl. My arms rest on the seat, where my family sits and defecates at least once

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The Bloody Pustule Beauty Pageant

The following Halloween treat was originally published by Bizarro Central as part of their Flash Fiction Fridays series. It appears here in its unedited and unabridged form. By Bob Freville They’re spilling out on to the rickety termite-ridden runway. Woo daddy! We can see them lumbering out now! Oh yes! Those adorable little gals! Our

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The Beauty in the Breaking

The Beauty in the Breaking “So tell me how to make you happier?” Dr. Harakal starts each consultation the same: positive and hopeful without mention of imperfection or flaw. Contemporary jazz gently fills the office from recessed speakers. A redolence of jasmine wafts from the hidden diffuser. It is a safe space. There are no

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Positively Squidlike

Positively Squidlike Earl woke up one morning to find that he had become a squid. It was an unfortunate discovery. Even so, it wasn’t nearly as unfortunate as the discovery he made shortly thereafter when writhing over to his bathroom mirror on his eight tentacles. Not only was he a squid—his once well toned and

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The Behavior of the Stars

The Behavior of the Stars Mark stared up at the night sky, but there were no stars to be seen. They were probably hiding; they often scurried behind clouds and laughed at him, which was unbearable. He had seen them move. Sometimes they skipped across so fast that he just caught a glimpse from the

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