Monster

The Weight of The Soul

Each time is the same, but each time I get closer. This time, I step closer and closer to the patient – in this case, a woman named Dorothy Pearson I fancied from Sunday’s local farmer’s market. She was inspecting an ear of corn, peeling back the husk and peering inside, not dissimilarly from what […]

The Nocturnals

I check my watch and see the hands are just past three o’clock in the morning. We still haven’t found enough food to feed my daughter and I for the day, but we have to keep trying. We still have some time before they emerge. It’s been six years since the last time we could […]

Tentacle Grave

The captain cutoff the FRV Victoria’s engine and the boat glided to a stop on the choppy Australian waves. About four hundred and seventy knots north east of Melbourne in Jervis Bay was one of the most fascinating discoveries in marine biology in a decade, and after months of preparation, Gabe Livingston and the crew […]

One, Two, Three, Four

Dr. Griffiths straightened his tie and washed his face in the bathroom of the waiting room. He needed this job and was starting to doubt himself after thirteen failed interviews. He didn’t quite know what to expect of the position – a ‘mental health technician’. Whatever that means. The job listing description was short and […]

Black Spot

Years ago, when I first started to live alone, I hoped for only a few things: reasonable rent, a decent landlord, and a set of normal neighbors. It turns out, the last one was the hardest to ask for. The walls are thin in most of these old apartment buildings – some thinner than others. […]

The Baba Yaga

The story of the one missing and four hanged boys. Everyone from our small Coloradan town remembers where they were the day they first heard about it. Me? I was there. I’d like to say I went on that camping trip because of my passion for the outdoors or my lust for mother nature. That’s […]

Mr. and Mrs. Scarecrow

Analise and I moved to our new neighborhood in southern Kansas just under two years ago. I don’t feel comfortable saying the name of our town, because I don’t want anyone that hears this story to come here. I wouldn’t wish this place on my worst enemy. I wanted to stay in De Moines where […]

The High Fliers

The world was crazy when I decided to move. Eventually it all reached a boiling point and I finally did what I’d always dreamed of. I had enough of it all: the work, the stress, the concrete jungle, the loneliness amongst millions. I wanted a simpler life. Portland always felt foreign to me, but most […]

Timber

It’s been three years since the rainforest began to fall. It’s the rainforest my mother and father were raised alongside. The rainforest my grandfather played in and his grandfather before him too. But it’s only taken three years of fruitless protests followed by an onslaught of iron and fire to wipe it all away. We […]

White Rhinoceros

Even after all the days I’ve endured it seems to get colder. My knees are shivering, but my heart whimpers more. Bugsy’s long floppy ears are as strained as I’ve ever seen them. His ribcage shows and his gnawed legs shiver more as daylight wanes. His breaths are short and his nose twitches along with […]

The Harvest

My car rolled steadily over the crackling gravel road. In the last hour of the drive, my GPS lost its signal and got me lost in about three directions before I finally found my way. But even if there was any service in that remote tundra I’m still not sure the facility would have shown […]

The Darkest Cavern

I peered down the vast hole. A beam of light from the warm paradise sun snuck into the otherwise pitch-black alien world beneath. I watched as my team jumped into the depths like their lives weren’t in jeopardy. I wasn’t in the water quite yet, but I could feel the perspiration dampening my wetsuit. First […]

A Walk to Nowhere

Some people say the homeless are all crazy. I used to be one of those people, but life has a way of giving perspective. Last August I lost my job, mostly out of the blue. But then again it could have had something to do with the “night caps” turning into dessert accompaniments, then lunch […]

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