Scary Short Story Contest – “HAZMAT” by Timothy Day

The following story won 1st place in our Scary Short Story Contest! Enjoy… HAZMAT Maggie stopped midstride and surveyed the office; more people were missing today, a trend that had started the previous week. Usually the place was buzzing with life–or something like it–but that day, Maggie counted a total of five people in the…

Keyboard Hyacinths by Nathanael Hood

Sweat beads my forehead as my steel trowel slices through the copper roots of the newest infestation of keyboard hyacinths. Little Bs, Cs, and Gs pepper the linoleum as I rip and sever the plastic bulbs creeping up through the bathroom tiles. An hour earlier the sounds of screeching water lily soundboards from the top…

Somnambulist by Jamal H. Iqbal

The fish, believed to be a lancetfish, washed onto the shore along Nags Head, along the Outer Banks, just south of Jennette’s Pier. On the water, nothing much was heard except for the slight drip where an overhauled Honda Marine 4-Stroke’s fuel pipe leak created a rainbow patch for the fish to slip through. Although…

Historical Monument 56 by Ron Burch

Historical Monument 56 snores on a green couch that sags under his weight. His black tennis shoes and brown shorts are piled on the floor. He sleeps in threadbare blue boxer shorts and a stained black t-shirt. He is face down, a right arm lifted above him like a signal. He is in his original…

It’s Right Below You by Susan Monaghan

We found the gap at the end of August, two weeks into the first semester. I remember because we’d just entered the lull between the excitement of the start of our high school careers and the holiday season. That, topped off by the persistent heat of the outgoing summer, fated the gap for sensationalism. Many…