May Day (flash fiction)

May Day                 Gougher, the man Dria had thought he ought to sponsor, the man who’d undertaken digging a pond with a shovel, the man who’d suffered, in some way Dria’s church friends were too delicate to ask… Anthony Vrenick had the thing in mind. If Gougher felt […]

The Totem-Maker: Jealousy (part three)

The Totem-Maker Jealousy (part three)           Now, the owners of these fields were townsmen. The town, behind its wall, sat central to the plateau, sited high in a bowl among fertile slopes; these descending from a naked peak leagues off, and trimmed by Cime’s boundary road. This, for a space, ran […]

Yoharie: Savannah

Yoharie Savannah               Mostly people were really gross, and mostly you hated talking to them. You’d be like, “Hey, awesome!” You’d get thx. Maybe a poor lil heart. So, like, I get you. Bitch. She could run a train of thought… And that was one way to be. Who […]

Character: new flash fiction

Flash Fiction Character         Though the question occurs…whether this is not a product of nostalgia, this notion…of character or coherence…   Coherence, adhesion, McAlley says to himself. Redundancy. Like healing like. Things that were familiar have fallen to schemes, none of which looks promising of success. McAlley, from his corner, sees two […]

The Assassin Comes: fourth German Spy

    The Folly The German Spy     The Assassin Comes   It amounts to when No sacrifice without advantage (mein Herr) as to chessmen But players on the scene bump in   In her room, Krug diligent and dozy …not allowing sleep Lies still and lets the streetlamp Inform him of her corners […]

My Blog Week: April 8 to April 14

All the Latest from Torsade!                       Readers, this week saw the end of two ongoing features of Torsade: the novel Inimical, and novella “Are You Loveable”, both available now as full reads on their respective pages. Their slots will be filled by a variety of […]

The House of Everard: part three

A Figure from the Common Lot The House of Everard (part three)           Peggy had quit her wicker rocker. The penance she imposed on herself required the assumption of her husband’s place; the stain of his last year’s existence drawn through the cotton of her dress, transfiguring him into her flesh, […]

Yoharie: Stalking (part three)

Yoharie  Stalking  (part three)             “It’s yours. What I said.” At this second silence, Giarma would have got to her feet…apologized no doubt…for not being into what Trevor was into, for not trusting him enough to believe his gift had been a gift. She would have said, “Sorry. I have […]

Are You Loveable (final)

Are You Loveable (final)           And the prophecy would be fulfilled. Her temper would drive her to some act; Daisy Bradshaw would get her comeuppance…be put away for good, just as she deserved. But, the community could not watch and control everything. At the other end of that act, an innocent […]

The Hindenburg: Inimical (final)

Inimical (final) Chapter 11 The Hindenburg         Greta didn’t doubt the strength of his argument. But she didn’t feel menaced—she felt severed. The days in her cabin had been easier to bear than her first experience with isolation. She had not been hungry; she’d been able to sleep…and had known she would […]