Chalina had hair like the night wind, and skin like honey. Her eyes were like stars fallen from a sultry night. But the story begins with her mother. Everyone talked about her mother even before she was pregnant with Chalina. Because Chalina’s mother was a witch. Before Chalina was born, she used to visit her […]

Joel Stewart has a PhD in Linguistics and lives in Georgia with his wife and two children. Leave a comment, donate, or give us a 5 star review. It’ll do a lot to keep us producing the podcast. It might even give us enough reason to quit drinking. The Screw #010 Donate Soundcloud  iTunes  Photo by Kingston […]

“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 […]

Henry Simpson is the author of several novels, two short story collections, many book reviews, and occasional pieces in literary journals. His most recent novel is Golden Girl (Newgame, 2017). Leave a comment, donate, or give us a 5 star review. It’ll do a lot to keep us producing the podcast. It might even give […]

Podcast Notes: “Everything Zen” by Bush Definition of Swagger Scrutiny on Twitter Definition of Success Writing Nonfiction Mid-life Crisis Leave a comment, donate, or give us a 5-star review. It’ll do a lot to keep us producing the podcast. It might even give us enough reason to quit drinking. Bonus Episode #002 Donate Soundcloud  iTunes  […]

Diego woke up early Saturday morning. Many of the vaqueros had left the island for the weekend, and the few remaining were sleeping soundly in the darkness. He packed a saddlebag with his blanket, a beautiful embroidered shirt, fancy necktie, polished boots, and a horsehair bracelet he had woven during idle hours in the cookhouse. […]

Anna O’Brien is a writer and veterinarian in Maryland. She is a contributing editor for the magazine Horse Illustrated and has had fiction most recently published in Bewildering Stories, Blue Fifth Review, and Cheap Pop. She is also the managing blog editor for Luna Station Quarterly. She likes fat, slow dogs, and fast bicycles. She has one of each and posts pictures of […]

In keeping with our mission, Scrutiny has produced a little black book that offers up a lot of magical realism. Below you’ll be able to read one of the stories included in both the print and eBook version. You can learn more about that book here. Print | $9.99 eBook | FREE The first time my […]

Podcast Notes: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Histories by Herodotus Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence An Artist of the Floating World by Kazou Ishiguro The Buried Giant by Kazou Ishiguro Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro Naguib Mahfouz’s Nobel Prize One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Zen […]

There was a Japanese man who had two sons. The eldest son grew up and decided to become an artist. However, he ultimately decided against this pursuit because his father was so vehemently against it. He instead became an industrial designer and created a pillow that was also a chair that folded into itself for efficient […]