Albert Givens was a man who enjoyed counting. He worked for a bookkeeping firm, charged with the responsibility for seeing that columns of numbers matched to the penny. He lived in the same little house, on the same dead-end street, in the same Ballard neighborhood for the past 20 years.... So it shocked everyone when Albert announced that
he had inherited a loft in Pioneer Square--a neighborhood of artists, bars, and
bookshops--from a relative that he was not even aware of. (originally Published in 10,000 Tons of Black Ink Dec 20, 2012: nominated for the Pushcart Prize and most recently the 2013 storySouth Million Writers Award) Read More
My name is Alice Pedersen. I live at 12244 Bender Avenue in the north end of Seattle. I just want to say right off, that I am not a busybody... But, any sane person can't help but notice things, can she? I mean, things that are right outside her own window. (originally Published in 10,000 Tons of Black Ink Feb 6, 2012 & nominated for the Pushcart Prize) Read More
Translated to German: Der Rattenfänger von Max Detrano Rudy woke to the sound of movement next to his bed. He listened for a squeak. There was none. Instead he heard a snorting sound. Rudy opened one eye. He expected to see Der Schlaffer sitting beside his bed, a rat-tail dangling from her mouth. (originallyPublished in “DuLügstSoSchön”, which translates to “YouLieSoBeautifully” March 2013) Read More in German
SPIDERS Spiders infested the space under the floorboards. Irene caught one and pinned its eight legs and segmented body on a scrap of paper she taped outside her bedroom door. Beneath the cadaver in red lipstick she wrote, "Enter this room at your own risk. Look at your brother." (originally Published in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine May 2013) Read More
THE SCUGGINS GIRL Nine-year-old Kirby Nichols takes on a bike ramp against his father's better judgment.