Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. by Patrick Courtney

Want to become self-sufficient and make millions? Sick of working a shit load of hours for fuck all money? Jealous of those fat slobs that gloat, “Yeah, I work from home”? Most of them writing ridiculous self-made millionaire articles, when in reality, they were just lucky to be born into an affluent family that accepts their…

A Week at Beach 503 by Anna O’Brien

One and a half years ago, now-dead Tess had the best week of her predetermined, moderately short life. She and her boyfriend Kevin spent four days in a rented house at Beach 503. This was a mostly unplanned venture, “spur of the moment,” as Kevin described it. One week off work, by themselves, on a…

Possum by Asha Dore

When the possum fell down through a hole in the attic, it landed in the wall between the kitchen and the den. I picked up the phone book to find someone to call, to rescue the body, wrap a long cast, and cage it in until the bones re-seamed and the body became new again.…

Intrusion by Christopher DeWan

The intruder enters through the unlocked door without warning, wearing a ski mask and a cerise sweatshirt that says Bates College. I think that’s odd: Bates is where my husband and I first met, a dozen years ago and a thousand miles away. The man climbs on top of me before I have a chance…

Bang, Snap! by Hillary Leftwich

My hand is digging down the front of your pants like the neighbor’s puppy in Mama’s flower garden. My other hand is wrapped around yours as you push the barrel of Papa’s pistol against my sweaty cheekbone. It is cold and hard, just like our resolution. Two hours ago we skipped out on 41 bucks…

Mothers and Sons by Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri

Every year, I wrote stories for the competition, as my mother had. And yearly, the magazine published vampires fluent in metaphors. Zombies measuring syllables in flesh. I wrote about mothers and sons. Abandonment. They weren’t autobiographical, even though my sisters raised me, and Mother drifted like the tide. I was simply drawn to darkness. I…

book cover for "Choose Wisely: 35 women up to no good"

This Is Horror Award Nomination!

Lovely CC readers, Our beloved founding editor, H. L. Nelson, co-edited a dark fiction short story anthology entitled Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up to No Good (Upper Rubber Boot Books), with stories by Joyce Carol Oates, Aimee Bender, Diane Cook, and 33 other fearless women writers. We are pleased to announce that it has received a…