Book Release: Doe Run by Sean Jacques

We are please to announce the release of the debut novel DOE RUN by Sean Jacques. What to Expect inside… Deer hunting season starts in three days, and nearly everyone in the Ozarks is preparing to gun down a big buck. But in the backwoods town of Doe Run, Missouri, wild game won’t be the […]

Outer Dark

Flannery O’Connor once said, “I write to discover what I am doing” (O’Connor, 1988). This is art. In No Man is an Island, Thomas Merton wrote, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. The mind that responds to the intellectual and spiritual values that lie hidden in a poem, […]

All That Raylene Business by C.W. Blackwell

Judy stood at the bay window with an old mystery novel she’d checked out from the library, watching as her husband Frank eased the Buick up the gravel driveway. The car radio was blaring a country ballad from the 1980s, one she couldn’t put a finger on. She couldn’t remember things like song titles anymore, […]

Danny by Raymond J. Brash

He said his name was Danny, but he sure didn’t look like a Danny. Trust me, I can tell when men lie. He took cash from my purse the first night I slept with him. I confronted him the next day, but he acted like I was crazy. Now that all my credit cards are […]

The Second Way by Albert Tucher

“So,” said Detective Ringnes, “he hired you and made his wife watch?” Diana could think of things she’d rather do than sit across from him in this barely furnished interview room, but at least he was treating her as a witness. To a lot of cops she was a suspect no matter what. “He didn’t […]

An Exorcism of Genre by Jordan Farmer

The summer before I entered fifth grade, my mother penned a handwritten note giving her permission for me to check-out adult books from the library. The public library was a recent addition to our small town and constructed inside the new middle school consolidating the county’s disbanded junior highs. Mom wasn’t sure what protocols these […]

On a Roll by Arendse Lund

Benny loved a good Singles’ Night, perhaps more than any of the actual singles there. He’d wear a colourful tee, something that complemented his eyes; then he’d artfully tousle his hair until it looked stylish but still in need of a woman’s guiding touch. He was going for competent partner vibes rather than sorry sap. […]

Goon by Jeremy Grojean

The guy in the car behind me laid on his horn. I could have made the turn, but the lady coming would have had to slow down a bit and I thought I’d let her coast through this small part of her day. The guy behind me had other ideas and hit the horn again. […]

Book Release: The Mountain Mystic by Russell W. Johnson

We are please to announce the second book in The Mountaineer Mysteries, The Mountain Mystic by Russell W. Johnson. We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as you did The Moonshine Messiah. What to Expect inside… Since succeeding her dearly departed husband, Bill, to become Jasper County’s first female sheriff, Mary Beth Cain has closed […]

The Run by Sam Wiebe

The move came after breakfast, while the prisoners were waiting for the Sheriff’s van to take them to court. Always a hold-up. If not the van then paperwork, or the prisoners themselves needing piss breaks or pussy plugs or some piece of vital correspondence they’d left in their cell. You could make enemies by making […]

Semper Fidelis by Joe Badalamente

A rude medley of street sounds enters the diner with each customer. “Hey.” Black running shoes and faded jeans, topped by a windbreaker and baseball cap, the barest hint of what I know is a Glock pressing against the material of her sweatshirt. She sits, pretends to read the menu. “Hi,” I say, snapshots of […]

Lucky by Susan Kuchinskas

The locals called it Suicide Bridge because of all the jumpers. He liked the Monongatawny Bridge anyway for its stone trusses and the old-growth pine forest on the riverbanks. This jumper was middle-aged. Sad-looking. Well, she would be. But this was sadness etched into a face over decades. A body broken by years of hard […]