You Gotta Watch Them Alpine Lakes

Sunlight glared off the only boat in the mountain lake. A few yards away was the island that might have saved the passengers, maybe even the captain if they were especially quick and steel-nerved. As it was, the boaters who’d been brash enough to dare the water thirty minutes ago huddled on deck, unable to […]

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Graveyard Hills and Stillborn Grass

Years and specifics blurred together for him. It was a symptom of location, the flat scrubland punctuated only by oil pumps and their entourage of rangy cattle. Grass that grew up dead and yellow, snapped like matchsticks under the boots of the people who lived here. Why any sane human being, let along a few […]

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The Swamp and the Stone Wall

Cajoling gave way to pleading which, in its time, evolved into something just short of blackmail. Ronnie wasn’t surprised that it got so bad. She hoped at first it wouldn’t, that eventually, Bill would get tired of pounding his head against the stone wall of her denial and just let it die. He had pretended […]

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Christian and Mary

It’s a story about the ghosts of what was done and the lingering death of those turned on by their community. It’s also smut. I am a perpetual motion machine of Southern angst and pornography. 18+, naturally, and a special warning for depictions of racist and homophobic violence. If either of those topics is sensitive, […]

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Symptoms

“But what doesn’t make any sense to me,” Dad began, “is what’s causing it!” Thus began a long search through the house. They dug up the pipes, but they were in good condition, not leeching copper or lead, or letting some outside pollutant in. They threw away every caustic household cleaner they had, and the […]

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Label

The first installment, more a note and background development exercise than anything, for my Frankenstein rewrite. People had all sorts of ideas about the future, way back when. Entirely different worlds, landscapes of dizzying strangeness. Something entirely alien, because then the problems of the past must be entirely alien as well. That’s Lily’s theory on […]

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Controversy

“I’m sorry. This is the only viable option the Company has.” “It’s wrong is what it is.” There was no heart in my protest. I knew the decision had been made, and no amount of arguing, no amount of tears, could change things. I tried not to hate Dr. Smith; it wasn’t his fault. He […]

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“Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay to mould me Man?”

“Did I solicit thee from Darkness to promote me?” Horror fans, you know what that is: the epigram to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It’s a quote from John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which, like many Romantics, Mary Shelley had an incredible boner for. Here, Adam beseeches God after his exile, stating that God bears at least part of […]

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The Vault of the Little Creatures

Forty-eight years ago, we were visited by the little creatures. Nobody got hurt, not when they first showed up. Instead, they brought all of us patients down from the hospital into these… these tunnels they’d built, connected to our hospital through the basement. There were miles of them! Lit from sources I couldn’t make out, […]

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When Suddenly, Nothing.

The dog has been digging. He tracked in the evidence last night, mud and grass caked under his claws. It was too dark to see anything, though, even with the back lights turned on, so I waited. No excuse now. The sun is high, the light is bright, and if this fathead gets out and […]

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