Stratum by Dino Parenti

If you missed it, don’t fret. From up here, the raised thumb of the Yucatan Peninsula passes beneath me sixteen times a day. Whenever possible, I finger-trace the submerged impact depression of the Chicxulub Crater through a portal. Stroke the big rock that ended the Cretaceous Era. When you can touch something that’s never been…

Apparent Wind by Janet Frishberg

The day after I got back from sailing camp and two weeks before I was supposed to take the SATs, my uncle shot himself and my mother did these things, in this order: 1. Cut off seven inches of her hair. She chose a short bob, and it hung there, around her face, straight, thick,…

Burning Down the House by Sean Leonard

Some people think it was a large-scale prank perpetrated by technological terrorists, a real life Project Mayhem, as if there were an “Anonymous” of the retail distribution world. Some blamed faulty construction, some said there was a gas leak. Hell, I’ve heard everything from “full moon” to “global warming” to “inside job” being whispered around…

The Walkabout by Stephen V. Ramey

Cheryl stopped the Land Cruiser at the entrance to Belanglo State Forest. I hopped down to help Bruce. A hundred yards of ground stood between us and the pine forest. “Down you come, mate,” I said. Bruce spilled from the side hatch, and I helped him sit on the floorboard. His ankles were bruised. I…

Two Flash by Paul Corman-Roberts

The Beta Male’s Survival Guide to New Port Towns We don’t get the fabled view we were promised near the end of our pilgrimage, rolling into town in my 1952 Ford Foo Fighter, hating the wanna-be beatnik talking and smoking shit in the backseat. Chattering teeth and the smell of something dead and amphibious as…

Catwoman: Unplugged by Meg Tuite

I heard over and over how glamorous and rocking Catwoman was, but I was the one that clipped her nose hair and whiskers from her chin before anyone got a look at her. I bound her in her girdle first and then her rubber suit. Believe me, it was no easy task. Her flesh was…