TALISMAN by Kris Faatz: “Hester’s daughter Zoe, nine years old, has started to develop breasts.” #litmag
THE HOTLINE FOR LONELY MEN by Sean Pravica
TRIO OF SOPHIES by Eileen Merriman
The boy has been watching her for weeks. His eyes tattoo a pattern on the back of her neck in class. At lunchtime she feels his gaze sweep over her as she walks past with Sophie-P and Sophie-G. A trio of Sophies, Mr James says in PE. But it’s only her hips his hands linger on when he is helping her balance on the beam, only her breasts his fingers brush past when he is adjusting her tennis serve.
BAUDELAIRE PLAYS LET’S MAKE A DEAL IN SAM’S COFFEE SHOP by Gary Singh
“She appears behind Green Door Number One and Charlie Baudelaire cracks a peek. There she is: Miss Barista, fairest of the fair she is, with wide-open eyes and flushed hungover cheekbones, trying to fight off the slobbering AXE deodorant commercial that just walked in.”
2016 Editor’s Choice: Eileen Malone (fiction) and Lynne McEniry (poetry).
Stories No. 55 – The Fall by Morgan Downie
“Are you going to see the Jesus men? Even at this time of the day, who asked and to what purpose escapes me. Memory tricks. That’ll be the booze talking. As if I need to answer.”
Stories No. 54 – 100 Monkeys 100 Typewriters by Steve Vermillion
“The idea was pretty basic: Test the “Infinite Monkey Theorem,” which states that a monkey hitting the keys of a typewriter for an infinite amount of time will ultimately duplicate a masterpiece, such as the complete works of Shakespeare.”
Stories No. 53 – Ciruelero Summer by Jim Estrada
“The heat was getting to me; I needed to cool off. In the shade—of what had now become repulsive row after row of trees—it was well over the forecasted 106 degrees.”
Stories No. 52
Crows and Trains by Eileen Malone
When I first met my wife, she was fourteen, barefoot, wearing cut-off jeans and pulling back her dirty, dark hair into a rubber band.
Stories No. 51 – Field Lust by Kelly Coughlin
“Do you smell that?”
“Smell what…? Ohhhhh,” Celeste answered, eyes closing with pleasure.