Don’t look up. Keep Calm and Carry On, said the Government. Some mastermind at the Home Office had decided it was time to use the posters that had become so popular during the Recession. What people saw in the sky was even worse than a financial recession. Don’t look up they said. So of course […]

If Emilia, as a young girl, had known what was in that room, she might never have gone in. If she’d known what that red light leaking out from that room meant, all those sobs that went in. Then she’d have never needed to open up the house, years later, to the new police lieutenant. […]

In the time that I spent looking for David Adcock, it never occurred to me that he was not human, but a spirit, a rumor. Maybe he had been human at one point, but time had eroded his name into nothing but a whisper on the wind. How did I even find myself in this […]

The crow perched on the fire escape rail. It was the first day of spring and, somehow, there wasn’t a cloud in Queens. The crow eyed the meat that flopped from Frank’s sandwich on the table. Frank flung his hands in the air and the bird dropped off the railing, swooped low in the street, […]

A thin mist enveloped the village at daybreak. An old man woke at the first signs of light to tend to the animals. His granddaughter emerged from their thatched shelter brandishing pails of milk. Grandfather, grandfather! she exclaimed pointing toward the misted hills and thick forest. Another animal? Flowers? Deer, rabbits… What? Lord forbid… wolves. […]

Like the air conditioning was non-existent, small sweat drops tickled my skin. I wanted to survive the journey without throwing up, or embarrassment, or any contact with people. I was in the drunken-survival mode, hating myself as usual, begging for the teleportation effect to come. I wished to wake up in my bed in the […]

The phone rang and Maxine answered, dutifully. There was a pause on the other end of the line, a measured silence. Then a familiar, sour voice: “Why didn’t you pick up?” “I was in the subway, Mom,” Maxine said, and it was the truth. “No, you weren’t, and when were you going to call your […]

The woman knelt before a gravestone, pushing wire spokes into the earth. Fixed to the spokes was a large placard, brightly colored but illegible from where I stood. I watched for a few moments as the wire sunk into the ground, and faintly through rustling leaves I heard her voice. A few words drifted to […]

The first time I drowned was at night. Rebecca and I had only been dating for a month and I wanted to show her that I could be spontaneous so we climbed the fence at the public pool. The air was cool but the excitement and nervousness kept our blood warm and rushing through our […]

Damascus, a long time ago The hand hangs in the Al Marjeh square. It is light and sways easily in the wind. Its colour has changed from the translucent pink of human flesh to an earthy brown, ready to rejoin the dust. Men and women come to the square to see the hand, but they […]

“How do you pick your victims?” I asked. The old man grunted and poked at the fire with his cane. Despite the suffocating August heat of the city, his apartment seemed cold to me. Cold and damp. “Why do you call them victims?” he asked. “You’re taking something from them. Even if they don’t get […]

When we heard the news, we rioted. We broke down the double doors of a shopping center. We heard alarms, but didn’t retreat. We sprinted into the dark using the flashlights on our cellphones. We found a display of mannequins and began to kick them over and break them apart. We stomped on them. Then […]