Slim Jim by John L. Thompson

Glen’s Liquor Store was just off the main drag along the way home. The joint was lit up with half-dead, flickering red neon lights surrounding a shit-pile.  I’d meant to stop in for the past week, but the bossman had me doing other things off the normal route. The overhead bell jingled when I pushed […]

Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked and Loaded

Today we launch the third volume of the Both Barrels series with Shotgun Honey Presents: Locked and Loaded. Featuring 25 stories by: “A Boy Like Billy” by Patricia Abbott “Border Crossing” by Michael McGlade “Looking for the Death Trick” by Bracken MacLeod “Maybelle’s Last Stand” by Travis Richardson “Predators” by Marie S. Crosswell “Twenty to […]

Last Bit of Dirt by John L. Thompson

“Mr. Harris?”  The damned voice sounded like a rock sliding back and forth over a cheese grater.  “You ready for your vitamin shot?” “Hell no.”  Harris rolled over, away from the nurse.  It was bad enough that he had to suffer the indignation of being here. “Mr. Harris, we’ve been over this before.” He relented, […]

Burnt Technicalities by John L. Thompson

“You working pretty late tonight.”  Sheriff Dubois stood on the back porch John-Wayne-style. Did he know what was going on?  “Just dealing with a backlog.” His eyes slid over my shoulder.  “Just seems strange…being this late at night.” “Business is busy.  How can I help you?” He stepped back, pushed his hat up then exhaled […]

Hells Express by John L. Thompson

The sun is a blaze of hot molten light, burning the skin off everyone wandering the streets while the chemicals from last night fix are cooking within the veins.  PJ wanders up out of the blue.  “You got some stuff?”  he asks. “Fuck off.” “Really.” “Get the fuck off unless you got something to say.” […]