Yearly Archives: 2021


©2021 by Sparrow Black The drive was grueling and long, but what she’d left behind was worse. “Don’t think about it, Opal. You’ll just start to cry again, and you’re driving. Put some music on, distract yourself.” It felt strange to talk to herself like that, but the road was […]

The Halloween Road Trip



By Sheila Shedd We’d met three months before, an all night thing at a club called Sprechen. Purple strobes and long-winded jams featuring a French horn backed by a Theremin had me tired of the scene. I took a comfortable, isolated seat upstairs overlooking the rave, and Keven sat beside […]

The Treat



By Lisa Hornung Andrew Davis, walked into his kitchen in the morning. He had a headache and needed coffee, like now. “Morning, Mr. Coffee,” he said. Like he said every morning. He wasn’t sure why, but he often felt like thanking his coffee maker for making the warm elixir that […]

An Appliance Story


By Sonja Thompson My ex-girlfriend hated Halloween. Maybe hate isn’t the right word. It’s not sharp enough around the edges and doesn’t make you think of trauma, nightmares, and years of therapy. When she was 20 years old, she found her grandmother’s body, brutally murdered by her mom’s ex-felon boyfriend. […]

Celebrating Halloween


By Matt Heusser It was a beautiful October day at the Lion’s Park. With the older children in school, Sally took her kindergarten-aged daughter Samantha to meet up with her friend Jane, and Jane’s three year old son Bobby. Both had middle school aged children and had homeschooled until fifth […]

All Hallows Eve




By: Dean Lappi Brian slowed the old Mazda down as they approached a sharp turn of the narrow, gravel road they had been driving on for the past eight miles. Trees lined the right side of the road, so Brian couldn’t see around the corner, and the road was so […]

Dragon Egg


By Todd Skaggs “There is a wall between worlds seen and unseen. On Samhain, the wall becomes a veil. A thin gossamer that does little to deter the spirits from visiting…“ She closed the book she had been reading from. “That’s pretty deep.” I took the stub of a joint […]

The Veil







By Matthew Heusser Braddock Heights, Maryland is an unincorporated community and US Census Designated Place (CDP). It sits atop Braddock Mountain, a foothill of the Appalachians, that separates Frederick, Maryland from Middletown. The area got its name from General Braddock, a British commander during the French and Indian War, who […]

And, of course, it was blue. Or gray.


By Penny Jones Halloween wasn’t the same on the island as it was elsewhere. The children still made witches hats and garlands out of construction paper. Though the pumpkins were also cut out rather than carved; fresh vegetables being a scarcity on the rugged, windblown landscape. But the biggest difference […]

On The Island