When Blood Wants Blood

     There is nothing like the smell of Santeria. It is a distinct smell that jolts me into my body the second I find myself enveloped in it: one that suggests cleanliness—in every respect—but with a little magic mixed in. Not easily reproduced, you won’t find it anywhere but homes or other places, such as my botanica—a… Continue reading When Blood Wants Blood

The Dead of Venice (1914)

By Dan Klefstad She promised to do it quickly. I promised to stay out of sight. All bodies float, which is why I brought two anchors – one for me, one for her victim. All she need do is throw us in, then the chains, followed by the weights. This far out the lagoon is forty feet deep, maybe fifty. From down there our lifeless ears… Continue reading The Dead of Venice (1914)

The Silence & The Howl (§.25)

§.25 Harmon begin typing as soon as he returned from his encounter with the literate watchman. A new story occurred to him, and, inspired by the day's events and the memory of the thriller Andy had played when Lyla had come over, he set himself to the task of its completion. A dull, irregular clacking… Continue reading The Silence & The Howl (§.25)

A Siring

By Dan Klefstad “I was starving, I couldn’t help it.” Camilla wipes blood from her chin and points. “He’s in the car.” “How could you be starving?” I put my stump in one jacket sleeve while my left arm hurriedly finds the other hole. “You had at least six pints before you left the house.”… Continue reading A Siring

Fiction Recap 2019 [#2]

Selection of fiction works we've published this year. July The Caretaker (Dan Klefstad / short story—chapter excerpt / horror, thriller) Hauptsturmführer Fillenius (Dan Klefstad / short story / horror, thriller) Riven Cage (K. E. / flash / horror) June Pen & Pedagogy (K. E. / flash / realism, satire) Roadkill (D. A. Estringel / short story /… Continue reading Fiction Recap 2019 [#2]

The Caretaker

By Dan Klefstad Dear Applicant, Congratulations. Out of hundreds of applications, yours stood out for your “unwavering persistence to get the job done.” Well put! No doubt you will deserve the eight-figure salary and opulent benefits that come with this job. But I must warn you: The more you read, the more my employer will… Continue reading The Caretaker

Hauptsturmführer Fillenius (1944)

By Dan Klefstad The Russians knew they had no chance; we surrounded them. They also knew we’d have no mercy, but they surrendered anyway. They gave up their weapons and helmets, hoping for cigarettes which we no longer had. Were they buying time? Somewhere across the drifting snow, their swine-kin prepared another attack, but we didn’t… Continue reading Hauptsturmführer Fillenius (1944)