Countdown to Darkness

by Carl Scharwath Translucent and awake  Lost in broad daylight.  The sun will vanish  Flickering, unseeing.  Blurring at the edges  Darkening, hesitant   And shinning curious.  The light evanesces  In a trace of sadness.  For how long   Will a stranger stop  In a different light  As the end announced.  Looking for landmarks  Talking to himself  At… Continue reading Countdown to Darkness

Schismatic

by Gale Acuff One day when I'm dead I'll be dead but 'til  then let's say I'm alive and so I'll sin  whether I want to or not and sometimes  I do, it makes life more fun and no one  really gets hurt though I know that my sins  will count up and then count… Continue reading Schismatic

The Dauntless Rook (§.12)

Continued from §.11. Serlo poured himself a tumbler of scotch as his father ambled into the drawing room of Wealdmar Estate, mahogany cane clacking violently off the decorative and newly-swept marble floor. "How is our dear Cerelia?" Grædig Wealdmaer inquired with scant concealed venom, taking a seat upon the leather armchair opposite his son, who… Continue reading The Dauntless Rook (§.12)

Cajeta (Gimme Some Sweet!)

“Gimme some sweet!” we scream blessed by your MAD words BAD words GLAD words SAD letting them scorch palates y quemar nuestros labios like Holy Wafers in the Devil’s mouth. Give us a taste of life your loco— salty and caramel-kissed— with every candy-flip of the page forming crystalizations of lithium-pink opiate rock (candy) on… Continue reading Cajeta (Gimme Some Sweet!)

Ochre Sepulchre

Hraban Amsler came to the end of the forest path and continued apace. The sparse, charming wood thickening swiftly before him. Ochre and gold. Colors the harbingers of Fall. He knew the route well and yet felt as if he'd taken a wrong turning. The feeling came unbidden into his mind, though the man knew… Continue reading Ochre Sepulchre

Tomb of the Father: Chapter Two (Excerpt)

Author’s note: The following text is a short chapter excerpt from my forthcoming novel, Tomb Of The Father. More chapter excerpts will be released in the coming weeks. Gunvald woke in the dark and buried the brigand upon the northern hill opposite the shepherd's encampment and departed from the old vaquero wordlessly, before his waking,… Continue reading Tomb of the Father: Chapter Two (Excerpt)

Fiction Circular 3/8/19

§00. Editor’s note: links affixed to author/publisher’s name will redirect to author/publisher social media, links affixed to story/article titles will redirect to the site whereupon the named piece is archived. The ‘authors’ section focuses on lone individuals who publish their own literary work, ‘organizations’ section focuses upon independent presses, lit-mags, e-zines and other literary organizations who… Continue reading Fiction Circular 3/8/19