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"The Circadian" - Short Story Submission

The air was sharp when I rose this morning, its cold salty fragrance causing chaos to the appealed senses, rolling off the nose like sweet sulfur and cutting every inch of my skin like a knife with its merciless chill. Nevertheless, God’s grace gave me the courage to emerge from my cabin where I thankfully greeted the calm waters that surrounded our vessel. She’s a humble ship, able to rival... Read More →

Tunnel Rat - Novel Submission

He crawled downward, engulfed by musty earth, following the beam of his flashlight, serenaded by crumbling soil and the rustling of critters he took to be rats; he still didn’t know how he’d gotten this assignment.  He’d pled claustrophobia, argued that there were much smaller men than he, but the sarge had shoved the .45, knife and scabbard and flashlight at him and pointed toward the hole. He’d strapped them... Read More →

A Time of Sudden Death - Novel Submission

There is a light on in the basement and I must get up to turn it off.  I don’t know how I know this at three a.m., but I do. It is like the light is a person or entity, calling me. I cannot let this deed go undone, and I get out of my comfy bed in the October morn and creep downstairs in my underwear, past the large... Read More →

"Yes" - Short Story Submission

The sandaled feet splashed through the puddles on the cobblestones of St. Peter’s Square. Head held high, their owner walked with determination and paid no attention to the pointed remarks he heard directed at him from well-dressed tourists. He was one of many homeless men and women who made their way to the showers under the Bernini’s colonnade. Today he was hoping for a shower and a haircut. The other homeless... Read More →

"Stars in the Glass" - Short Story Submission

Shadows deepened as the fluorescent lights began to flicker on around the university campus, and the warmer lights shown down from the dormitory windows above.  A soft November rain began to fall as students and visitors retreated indoors.  A lone campus security guard walked briskly down the sidewalk holding a radio.  Flashlight and keys hung from his belt.  Suddenly, a young man raced by, nearly knocking the guard off his... Read More →