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And the nominees are…

Dearest Readers: We here at Cease, Cows are pleased to announce our nominees for this year’s storySouth Million Writer’s Award. All stories had to be longer than 1,000 words and first published online during the 2015 calendar year. And we could only pick three (argh, the struggle). Without further ado, the cows’ nominations: HAZMAT by Timothy Day From…

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From Within by Richard Thomas

The first time they come to measure my son, he is only eleven years old. Two men knock on the door of our humble home that squats on the outskirts of Shell County, my boy and I eating macaroni and cheese, our eyes turned mid-spoon to the interruption. Outside the darkness is as black as…

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Surrender by Richard Thomas

In the process of losing my mind, the rest of the world has fallen away. A cloud hangs over the monotone house, the grass growing longer, the litter outside caught in the wild blades of fading green, as the shadows inside play games with me. I used to resist them, tried to shine a light…

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CC’s First Author Interview: Richard Thomas

Cease, Cows loves dark fiction (“neo-noir,” we learned from our interviewee today), magical realism, slipstream, transgressive, and literary horror. Our founding editor, h. l. nelson, was honored to speak with a reigning champ of these genres: Richard Thomas. He’s the Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press, author of three books – Transubstantiate, Herniated Roots, and Staring Into the…

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Love Letters by Richard Thomas

It started with the paper, tearing it apart into little pieces, pressing it into tiny balls and popping the crumpled words into her mouth. Cassidy would chew and chew his love letters while staring out the window, the sun setting across the city— her apartment falling into darkness. She imagined that she could hear him…