We Start at the End

“Papa had been a good man,” Ava Bähr whispered to herself. The photos hit her like a punch to the stomach, stealing her air, making her reel. Rays of sunlight illuminated the motes of dust floating in her mother’s attic as memories—beautiful memories—played in front of her: days spent rowing on the lake with her […]

Author Interview: Nico Bell

Please tell us a little about yourself.  I’m Nico Bell, and I consider myself to be a feminist horror author. That term means different things to different authors, but for me it means that I actively work toward giving women a voice in the horror community and breaking stereotypes in regard to female characters and […]

Meant for Her: Part 3

Thad and T.W. flanked the girls as they walked out to their cars at the end of the night. Had to respect them for providing that type of protection. I imagined some clubs just let them out at close and hope that creeps aren’t waiting to follow them home. Shelby’s smile as she slid into […]

Meant for Her: Part 2

“Two nights in a row, mate?” the bouncer asked, taking my cover the next evening. “Never though’ you’d find a Shelia here you liked tha’ much.” I shrugged, not wanting a conversation. “First time for everything, mate.”  “Well, have fun.” He raised an eyebrow as I headed towards the bar. The bouncers at Kali’s seemed […]

Meant for Her: Part 1

When was the first time I knew? Three months back. She made eye contact and smiled, sliding up to my table in six-inch stiletto heels. Then, in that sweet tea accent of hers, she drawled, “How’re ya tonight, baby?” Trying to be casual was the worst. The rush of blood to my cock tightened my […]

Knittin’ Needles & Fireworks

Now, Granny Beth had gotten it into her gray head that she ought to go back to school. For what, she didn’t know, but she always regretted not gettin’ proper book learning after she graduated high school. See, Granny had been a smart one back in the day, but Poppy Lloyd talked like that apple […]

“Dax’s Fresh Start”

Colors exploded on the canvas of Dax’s closed eyelids as the gush of blood filled his mouth, fireworks in bright reds, hot whites, and brilliant blues accompanying the strawberry flavor of the college coed.  He let her drop to the pavement, knowing he wouldn’t be the type to take small drinks for sustenance, even this […]

“Blind Faith”

People have called them superpowers, these skills I have. I don’t know. I’ve never seen them that way. They’re nothing special to me. Just part of who I am. Mother Nature robbed me of my sight when I was a child, and it’s true about other senses getting stronger. They have to. What other way […]

“Beneath the Sands”

Success Found the tomb Cant believe our eyes Come quickly STOP I nearly drop the telegram when I read the words, not that I should be surprised. My directions, though I’d left out key details, were bound to lead them to that glittering palace under the sands of Egypt just as I’d wanted.  Why I’d […]

“Kitty Adair”

If houses had memories, what would Adair House remember? Its white shutters and gingerbread trim perfectly contrasting its butter yellow siding? The arabesques of its wrought iron fence surrounding it in shiny black glory? Maybe the way frosty rime once coated its lead-paned windows on chilly autumn mornings? Now that fence is eaten by rust […]