From Flame | Flash Fiction

She wakes up on the couch, the sour mash of regret in her mouth. It takes a while for her eyes to adjust. Everything is at a distance. Bleary. Far away. The clock on the far living room wall. She can see the shape of it there, marking time but she cannot find the hands. […]

In Happier Times | Flash Fiction

“Is this it, then?” He knows from the way she is standing by the door, clutching that big brown paper shopping bag. She is there but not really there. Waiting with the posture of someone at a bus stop. Normally she would come straight in, bursting with conversation while idly straightening pictures, stacking coasters and […]

Feed by M.T. Anderson (Review)

Feed by M.T. Anderson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Feed by M.T. Anderson offers a dead accurate portrayal of our current moment dressed in the clothes of a dystopian science fiction future. This deceptively simple, clever story is the literary lovechild of The Great Gatsby and A Clockwork Orange. Anderson offers a unsettling critique […]

Fellside by M.R. Carey | Goodreads Review

Fellside by M.R. Carey My rating: 3 of 5 stars A slow but rewarding build. Carey weaves several seemingly disparate, disjointed threads together into an ultimately satisfying resolution. I was most impressed by Carey’s ability to give physical, cinematic form to metaphysical concepts of dream and death. The story didn’t carry me along at first. […]

Roadside | Flash Fiction

The only thing left is a photograph. Lilian holds it carefully, taking pains not to wrinkle or smudge. She studies the image, trying to imagine what the girl pictured of 28 years ago might possibly be thinking. Ten years old, she stands, smiling into the camera where her mother and father are watching her and […]

From the Sea | Flash Fiction

Note: This is a piece of flash fiction I wrote at Campbell Folk School last weekend. I had the opportunity to read it and really bummed some people out. They were much relieved when I told them this is all made up. It didn’t happen. My grandmother is doing well. We have never stood in […]