Inside the Worm

Inside the Worm

Inside the worm is a hard place to be. I should know, I had been in there for four days already when I got company. Luckily the worm had swallowed my whole camp — tent, rations, portable library, everything. But, of course, it wasn’t luck. No, it was all part of the...
Drowned Dreams

Drowned Dreams

A car started on the far side of the beach parking lot. Its headlights came on, overpowering the moonlight. They illuminated the ocean for a moment before the car reversed and turned. It left the parking lot. Dante, sitting in his own car, scanned the parking lot once...
Mixtape

Mixtape

The box was heavy. What the hell was in it anyway? At least it was the last one. Bobby had spent the day moving his ancient crap from his parents’ house — their sold house — to his apartment. And with this final carload and this final cardboard dumbbell, it was over....
Beautiful Scars

Beautiful Scars

“What happened to his face? Did he fall on a cheese grater?” the kid said, laughing. Terry didn’t know him; he was Rudy’s friend. “Geez, keep it down, he’s right there,” Rudy mumbled to the boy, averting his gaze from Terry’s own. “He was in a fire.” “They forgot to...
Blood & Magic

Blood & Magic

“Where are we?” Asterlas asked. He had pulled the van over to the side of the dusty road. Tadriel turned the map she held around, peered at it a moment and then turned it again. The map was a typical gas station production — a tiny pamphlet until it unfolded to almost...
Strong As An Ox (Part 2)

Strong As An Ox (Part 2)

His nose was wider than before and greener. That wasn’t all. His eyebrows were thicker, blacker, the hair looked more like what was on the back of his hand. And what was happening to his ears? They looked calloused, swollen. There were new bumps and twists in them. He...