Monthly Archives: October 2021

By Jack Wallen It was to be the wedding of their dreams, one that was born of a playful kind of darkness. October 31. All Hallows Eve. Her favorite night of the year. His one day out of 365 to truly be himself. And this year, they would share it […]

Now and Forever

By Mary Ann Peden-Coviello 1993 Walter Calhoun was one of the smallest guys in my junior class at Turkey Creek High School, maybe the smallest. He was a geeky-looking kid to boot, skinny with round, pale brown glasses that matched his pale brown eyes. Almost yellow, his eyes. Other kids, […]


By Dora Abel Rain. Heavy, full drops of rain. The kind of rain that soaked through clothes and seeped into the very bones, making the victim vulnerable to colds. Roselyn, however, was used to it. She had been caught up in worse storms than this, and she had also been […]

Time Claims Us All

By Sean Cochrane Halloween isn’t just my favorite holiday, it’s the greatest holiday in the greatest month. I have the privilege of being an October baby. Being born five days before Halloween is awesome for a kid, especially one that loves all the creepy spooky stuff. I’d imagine it made […]

Best Birthday Ever

By Sara Marian               I watch as the living cross the threshold yet again, bearing with them all their worldly possessions. First two women, one elderly. Then a man, a youth, and a girl no longer quite a child, but not yet a woman. The younger of the first pair of […]

Keep the Lights On

By Brent Abell Gwen kicked the beer can off the sidewalk and watched it bounce into the gutter. Dust swirled around her ankles in the cooling night while the echo from the can faded into silence. The tattered witch costume Gwen wore kept the chill from reaching her bones no […]

Light One For Me

By Leila Toba Autumn leaves scuttled upon the driveway, in a helpless battle between the gusty winds and the excited crowd of women that crunched their expensive heels on the concrete. It was the most exciting night of the week, or, at least the most exciting night of the week […]


By C.A. Verstraete “Stop the car, Mommy!” “Mandy? What’s wrong, honey? Are you sick?” Alarmed, Cass Wilkes glanced in the rearview window at her daughter and quickly pulled the aging Buick to the curb. “No, I’m okay. Look, Mommy, look!” The six-year-old bounced in her seat and struggled to release […]

The Dollhouse

By Angel Vargas A lab coat clad pediatrician with a furrowed brow and pursed lips looked me dead in the face while my one month old son wailed and thrashed in my arms. In this situation, there was a word no new, sleep deprived parent should ever want to hear. […]

Family Reunion

By Godfrey Davenport Bubonic Tonic Death stalked               as it often does through mindless streets it roamed Death talked               as it often does and sent its men on home Death walked               as it often does and sang a mindless tune Death balked               as it often does, diverted by the runes                             One […]

Three Halloween Poems