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#HelpSaveGodzilla by Pete McArdle 272

$18.65 by Sophie Isherwood 1496

3 flash fictions by J. A. Tyler 1771

8. Addiction by Steven Lee 678

20 Years by Luis Rivas 2443
In the Presence of the Damned

Abandonment by xTx 2716

A Cautionary Tale of Bike Swapping by Kimberlee Smith 2479

A Dangerous Game by Charlie Skinner 667

Admonishers, The by Helen Nicholls 280

A Free Ticket by Dick Reynolds 1943

Aged Avenger, The by Pete McArdle 1813

A Halloweenie Punkin Story by Tony Byrer 1322

A Hungry Artist by Anna Voisard 862
-A modern take on a classic story by Franz Kafka-

Alien Dreams by Bill Pieper 114

Allen's Way by Larry Blumen 3016

All Smiles by Audrey T. Carroll 7433

A Long and Cold Winter by Jon Beight 472

A Matter Of Convenience by Michael J. Solender 1231

American Werewolf in London Goes Incognito, The by David Moscovich 1136

Among the Nalatari by Tantra Bensko 870

A Mutual Interest by JC Piech 2017

And All My Days Are Trances by Helen Nicholls 1086

And Ye Shall Be Healed by Brian Hartman 1556
(For Cari)

An Evening With the Charles Bukowski of Berlin by M.P. Powers 2237

An Eye Fer An Eye by David Weston 1758

Angela by Daniel Clausen 164

Another Mostly True Story by Robert Masterson 1217

A Nuisance of Noggins by Charles Austin Muir 388

A Nun's Tale by Pete McArdle 3363

Apple, Watch, Penny by Robert Sachs 2473

A Quiet Desperation by Christopher J. Dwyer 1521

ARBOLES DE NAVIDAD by Bud Smith 1554

As a General Rule by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal 1789

Assassinate the DJ by Jeff B Willey 2654

Assignment, The by Josh Olsen 1124

A Stolen Roll of Film by Britta Kim Burdett 997

A Symphony Of Bumps And Creaks by Michael Stewart 730

A tampon. by Dan Donche 2704

Attack of the Fifty-Five Foot Crab! by Pete McArdle 358

At The Hors d'oeuvre Convention by Tom Janikowski 1794

At the Star Trek Convention by Margaret Karmazin 2796

Audition, The by Lise M. Quintana 635

A Workingman's Blues by Joel Sweeney 553

Bad Influence, The by Debbie Lechtman 377

Basement by Daryn Houston 1693

Bastards Were Everywhere and Would Endure, The by William Taylor Jr. 3734

Bayou Scars by Mary Ann Loesch 2079

Bear That Ruined Academic Careers, The by Michael Giddings 1143

Bedside Manner by Ben Drinen 1395

Before Tomorrow by DB Cox 1316

Ben the Bear by Mike Hancock 4428

BETRAYAL by David Sparenberg 1234

Between Living and Dying by Ally Malinenko 2189

Bicycle, The by Shannon Lane 1948

Big Dipper, The by Kathleen Radigan 2162

Big Top by Jon Tait 1158

Billy Hit The Train by Larry Blumen 1167

Binoculars by Patricia Grant 1428

Bipolar by Timothy Gager 2087

Black Friday by Brandon Tietz 4165

BLEEDING OUT by Andy Meisenheimer 416

Bobby by Suvi Mahonen 1137

Bordello by Alex Martin 2087

Bottled in Chicago by DB Cox 1819
For Rod Serling and Charles Beaumont

Boxer - a fable, The by Ben Loory 1455

Breathe by Mitch Lavender 837

Bridge, The by Lana Casiello-Boyle 2130

Brimstone Pillow by M.E. Parker 2953

Bring Me An Apple With No Worms by Catfish McDaris 1301

Brogan’s Summer Break by Andy Henion 1131

Broken Hearts Are For Assholes by J. K. Cody 1151

Bucket Head by Bill Ectric 2652

Buffalo Nickel, The by Clifford K. Watkins 3628

Bumble Off To Bethlehem by Pete McArdle 1271

Burning Hot Girls by Pela Via 4325

Burrowing by Kathleen Radigan 1588

Button Pusher, The by Leopold McGinnis 1904

Caledonia’s Boxes by David P. Press 842

Cali Lean, The by Olvard Liche Smith 1596

Call Me Mister by Paul Corman-Roberts 2677

Cantilever by Pete Stevens 1492

Carter’s Gift by Dave Dulberg 747

Case of the Girl Who Never Went Out, The by Larry Blumen 186

Celia by Josh Olsen 821

Channeling by Timothy Gager 1734

Chestnut Street by Mitchell Waldman 3691

Chicken Man, The by Paula Sophia Schonauer 4986

Choonakhul by Ashwin Parulkar 932

Claude by Jennifer McCarthy 2229

Clean Sheets by Bryan Howie 1721

Cold Like Being Afraid by Cindy Kelly Benabderrahman 2509

College Material by Louis Wittig 1265

Comanche Killer by David S. Pointer 1028

Comeback, The by George L. Sparling 765

Coming In Their Baleful Urgency by Mark James Andrews 1506

Consequences by Jim Chandler 977

Contributors’ Notes You May (or May Not) Have Seen by Sally Houtman 355

Convicted by Damion Hamilton 2744

Corralled by Creppy 1424

Costume Party by JP Reese 778

Crows Who Liked to Listen to the Ramones, The by J. Claudius Cloyd 1762

Cupcake Chronicles #6 by Patricia Carragon 1406
6- Tuesday morning at 9:00, May 13, 2008

Cupcake Chronicles #8 by Patricia Carragon 1306
8- Thursday afternoon after school, September 24, 2008

Cupcake Chronicles #13 by Patricia Carragon 1447

Curtis by Thomas Mundt 1586

Czarninapalooza by Tom Janikowski 1325

Dade County Workhouse Blues by Larry Blumen 1472

Dancing Grandmas by Giridhar Veeramaneni 3340

Dawn in the Valley by Luis Rivas 2589

Dead Reckoning by Tony Pena 975

Dead Spot by Maureen Lougen 1751

Dear Dr. Shapiro by Tony Battaglia 440

Declan Lamasery by Stephen Rowntree 1349

Deer in Headlights by Nathan Graziano 1703

Denizens Of Hell by M. Keeney 2115

Destined by Greg Eidson 2905

Deviants by Stephen Graham Jones 4186

Die, Priest, Die by George L. Sparling 1378

Dies Irae (Day of Wrath) by G.J. Jensen 292

Dinner Conversation by Cicily Janus 1786

Distinguished Precipice, The by Connor Caddigan 2272

Doctor's Orders by Randi Suzanne Meyer 2210

Dog Catcher, The by Bradley Mason Hamlin 3086

Dogs of Malviya Nagar by Ashwin Parulkar 594

Dog Tags by Kenneth Radu 1544

Do It Yo’self by Jack Saunders 1112
--editor's note: Saunders recently marked his 40th year of writing like a madman. Check out his website: --

Domestic Tranquility by Ken Poyner 456

Don't Fuck Around by jason neese 2071

Doorbell by Eirik Gumeny 2305

Double-Take by Faith Gardner 1470


Draining Audrey by Brent Powers 1135

Dream With Enough Conviction by Samuel Snoek-Brown 1830

Drummer, The by Ted Gogoll 1852

Dun Horse, The by Edward Ahern 2883

Dying for a Faith by Cynthia Drew 1420

Dyspnea by John Faucett 2183

E-Harmony Connection #54421 by Meg Tuite 1705

Edie by Amy Pence 532

EE's All-You-Can by Mickey J. Corrigan 607

Eester Egg by David W. Fry 2597

Eight Little Sausages by Julia Kennedy 412

Electric Ukulele Lady Land Band, The by Ashwin Parulkar 1769

Elegy by David Sparenberg 887

Elegy for The Old Republic by Michael Gillan Maxwell 970

Engorged by Aleathia Drehmer 827

Erin Just Wouldn't Eat by Rhys Milsom 2316

Everything That Keeps Me Together Is Falling Apart by Ted Jackins 3430

Exit Nothing by Pat King 1657

EXIT THE EDITOR by Steven Gulvezan 2511
A Micro-Novel in Two Books and Eight Parts

Explode by Damion Hamilton 1973

Exposure by Lewis J. Beilman III 1156

Eye Sees More, The by George L. Sparling 690

Facts Of A Life by Marion de Booy Wentzien 576

Faking It by Larry Blumen 796

Family Reunion by Tom Simmons 770

Family Reunion by Brian Biunno 2479

Felix by HC Eversole 1448

Final Final Chapter, The by Bud Smith 1190

First Kiss by F.N. Wright 1989

Flash in the Pan by Sally Houtman 312
A quick and easy recipe for flash fiction.

Flat, The by George L. Sparling 1126

Fleas, Love, and Understanding by Pete McArdle 1283

For Being There by Joan Hoekstra 1803

Found by the Sheppard by Giridhar Veeramaneni 2054

Four Days of Rain by Michael LaRosa 3313

Friend, The by Silvia Villalobos 841

From Her Fingers Drip Tiny Words by Gabino Iglesias 630

Fuck Machine, The by Jon Bennett 791

Full Service by G. David Schwartz 2201

Games by Silvia Villalobos 1290

Ghostlike by John H. Matthews 1410

Ghost of the Gun, The by Brian Hobbs 366

Ghosts of Alvarado Street, The by Aurelia Lorca 1070

Girl Talk by Max Andrew 1089

Grace's Chair by Dai Akaboshi 543

Grouse Ridge by Bill Pieper 2336

Halloween and Neo Paganism at the Library by Mark James Andrews 2023

Halloween At The Gym by Zarina Zabrisky 1630

Hamburger by Victor Schwartzman 1430

Hannah's Ascent by Rachel Stern 1364

Happenstance by Natasha Gdansk 1337

Hard America by John Bruce 2243

Harlot by DM Morales 1013

Harry, Francis, and the Language of Love by Rupan Malakin 867

Harvest by David Morris 1273

Havana Corazon Alma by J.K. Dark 138

Hawkwood Monster, The by Jarek Moore 1863

Her Beautiful Oldness by Jerald Matters 747

Her Fairytale by Elizabeth Walk 594

Her Ironing-Board Stomach by Roberta Verdant 2795

Heroin Wings by Zarina Zabrisky 2342

Hey, Chinese kid! by Josh Olsen 1407

Hines Park by Josh Olsen 1285

His Father's Eyes by Drew McCoy 1374

His Grand Vision by Shawn Misener 991

History of a Dead Man by George L. Sparling 1233

Honey, Soft and Slow by Angel Luis Colon 548

Honey-Hued Eyes by Zarina Zabrisky 546

Hope In The Tenderloin by Aurelia Lorca 355

House on the Corner, The by Glenn A Bruce 786

How's Your Sister? by Anne Goodwin 987

Hunter by Kenneth Weene 2495

Hybrid Beastiary by AE Reiff 3366

I'm From Electric Peak by Bud Smith 2017

I, the Vacant, Gaze by Bill Ectric 69

Iceman, The by Fred Skolnik 1915

If and Then by Chris Lambert 382

In All Innocence by Eddie Martell 509

Incubator by Karley Bayer 893

In Praise of Female Parts by Anne Goodwin 655

Interim by Nancy Christie 1095

In the Age of Gerardo by Matthew Vasiliauskas 1659

Issue of the Watch, The by Grant Catton 2566

I Stopped Reading the Newspaper by Margaret Karmazin 2350

It'd be a process by J. Edward Vanno 1887

iTunes Front Page Guy, The by Leopold McGinnis 761

I’d Fuck Becky Green by h. l. nelson 1173

Jackson's Folly by Mary Senter 119

Jasmine, Wilting In The Garden by Richard Corrigan 1482

Jenny by Jack Isaak 1840

Jersey Shore by Bobby Sauro 3404

Job's Tears by Ron Burch 445

Job Interview by RW Watkins 2101

John, The by Candice Carnes 1034

Johnny Strikes up the Band by Libby Cudmore 2508

Jolene by Matthew Ulland 1213

Jury Duty by Josh Olsen 1290

Just a Bucket by Tom Janikowski 632

Kamikaze by Samuel Snoek-Brown 2088

Kleptomania by Ally Malinenko 2972

Klippinger, Minnesota by Adam R. Burnett 3038

Lakshmi by Ashwin Parulkar 1117

Lament for Janet by Larry Blumen 2471

Landscape of Worry by Kim Farleigh 3065

Las Chinches by Jesse Myner 852

Last Club On Earth, The by Fawzy Zablah 3357
*previously appeared in LitVision*

Legend of Eddie and Lola, The by William Taylor Jr. 2264

Licorice Stick Polka by Michael Dwayne Smith 913

Limbo by Eric Johnsen 1241

Lips by David Owain Hughes 2161

Listening to Avro Pärt by Fred Skolnik 712

Little Puffs of Air by HC Eversole 96

Lives of the Poets II, The by William Taylor Jr. 2412

Look, The by Noah Cicero 1215

Loop by Pete McArdle 1314

Lopsided Smile by Stephen Mander 308

LOVE by Zack Wilson 1781

Lulu in the Year of Gatsby by Gary Percesepe 1285

Lying Day by Bradford Philen 1302

Lying in a Creek by James Dunlap 1283

Magma Bodies by John Kuligowski 1264

Mall Can Be Murder, The by Mickey J. Corrigan 227

Manhattan, Sunday Morning by JP Reese 1496

Manhattan Love Story: The Zen of Losing Weight by Kyle Hemmings 589
Tundra, and Judy Garland Once Lived Next Door

Man I Built from Stone, The by Anthony Spaeth 1854

Man with Patches on His Pants, The by J. Claudius Cloyd 1885

Maple Leaf, The by Nathan Graziano 1432

Margarita Baby by Bradley Mason Hamlin 1690

Marinate by Josh Olsen 773

Market Street Blues by Tony Pena 491

McUNIVERSE by Danger Slater 18178

Memories Of Flatworms, The by Ann Eveleigh 1426

Menopause Yoga Studio by Dylan Gilbert 1661

Mercy by Mick Rose 1787

Midnight Run of 64, The by David McGinnis 1591

Mitt Romney's Phone Number by Newamba Flamingo 1896

Mixed by Aidan Hailes 1276

MOBTOWN by RD Armstrong 587

Moose Accident by Nathan Graziano 1658

Moron and Marciano, The by Charlie Skinner 1452

Movie Stars by Miguel Gardel 2866

Mr. Blackistani by Ali Eteraz 2212

Mr. Thursday by Dude Wallers 2795

Muddy Boots by Michael J. Solender 653

Mummer's Dance, The by Nancy Hightower 1031

Murdered Sleep by Vyatcheslav Bart 2238

Murphy's Wake by Steve Wheeler 1770

Musketball by Tom Janikowski 1720

My Fainting Goat Farm by Melanie Seal 776

My Farsi Boyfriend by Robin Ray 3401

My Mother the Nigger by Noah Cicero 2977

My office by Josh Olsen 1329

Mythical Philadelphia by J.C.D. Kerwin 797

Myths of Elvis by William Stobb 45

Nazi Next Door, The by Mitchell Waldman 3697

Nazi Underpants by Steven Gulvezan 1532

Negotiations with Gilligan by Forrest Aguirre 1119

New Sick, The by Gavin Pate 1906

NICO by Ted Gogoll 611

No Gold Watch by Pete McArdle 451

No Service by Raymond Hutson 1907

No Sirens, Just Lights by Zachary Moll 1606
--editor's note: this is a work of fiction, based on a true event--

Nothing is Free by Paula Sophia Schonauer 2724

Nyet Troika by M.E. Parker 1257

Olde Mission, The by Brandon Figliolino 735

Old Weather Vane by Matt Rowan 1965

On Death Row by Jared Blakely 683

One Loose Screw by Brian Hobbs 809

On Improvements Outside The Box by Frank Sloan 459

On The Rock by Christina Hoag 1911

Open Your Eyes by Edward J Rathke 1870

Organ City by Pat King 2299

Other Side, The by Mario J Gonzales 5256

P & J Sandwiches by Kent L Johnson 1486

P.S. - Thanks For the Beer by Aleksei Nelaev 427

Parker, At The Side Of The Road by Chuck Augello 1330

Party, The by Luis Rivas 1671

Paulo by Michael Dwayne Smith 716

Pawn by Colin O'Sullivan 2299

Pearls in Formation by Brent Powers 1680

Pebbles and Berries by H. Jacob Buller 1461

Pecs Of Steel Fitness Center by Dylan Gilbert 1436

People's Republic by Mark Staniforth 439

Petals On A Wet Black Bough by Kirpal 1392

Picket Fence by Morgan Roberts 1095

Piggy Ferguson Uber Alles by Marc Olmsted 586

Pink Light by Gary V. Powell 312

Pivotal Moments by Marion de Booy Wentzien 645

Plant, The by Chris Lambert 1347

Plant v. Page by Colin McKay Miller 2344

Please Don't Eat The Fish by Len Kuntz 2162

Pockets by Melanie Browne 244

Poisoned Apples by Cindy Rosmus 1992

Posh Shop by Edward Wells II 2338

present is a gift, the by Richard Paris Wilson 1511

Princess Fantasia at Château Kilo by Woodie Stephenson 3670

Proof That God Loves Us And Wants Us To Be Happy by Robb Todd 3687

Proverbs 19:17 by Josh Olsen 180

Pubic Lice Affair, The by Joseph Ridgwell 2326

Puffed Up by Rudy Koshar 296

Pumpkin Bones by Dan Morin 1720

Pursuit, The by HC Eversole 1537

Putting Patriot Down by Jeremy Maddux 2015

Quangelists by George L. Sparling 1797

Real Beasts by Brandon A.M. 1188

Recession Hits the 'Burbs, The by Dylan Gilbert 1840

Redemption by Jefferson Burnett 2959

Red Fez and Pancakes by Craig Wallwork 2668

Red Splooge by Doc Sigerson 1249

Remembering Ray by F.N. Wright 1508

Revelation by Doug Mathewson 689

Roz and Rick by Mark James Andrews 2073

Runaways by Andy Henion 2518

Safety or Security by Spencer Carvalho 804

Santa and Co. by Kaylin Boehme 643

Save Me, Frog Eyes by Brady Dale 1886

Scarecrow by Cindy Kelly Benabderrahman 897

Scorpion, The by Wes Henricksen 868
-a new interpretation on the ancient tale-

SCOTT SCOTT by Bob Johnston 901

Scout by Bud Smith 2232

Screen Door Slams by KG Newman 1173

Screw Cupid by F.N. Wright 2034

Seduction by Pickle by Dean West 1099

Seeing God by E.E. Barnes 2286

Segue by Peg Steiner 1532

SENIOR PROJECT by Bill Pieper 1830

Seven Sagacious Days by Clint Cherepa 888

Sex, Drugs, and Metaphysics: the Breakup Memoirs by Jennifer McCartin 3085

Sheriff Andy Taylor and My Wife’s Best Friend by Kip Hanson 3469

Sheshu the Philosopher by Giridhar Veeramaneni 2144

Shoot by Josh Olsen 1107

Side Effects Include by John Gifford 2502

Sightings of a Black Bear at the Lake by Bradford Philen 1105

Simulacrum by Adam Moorad 1454

Sincerity by Michelle Ong 1636

Situations, The by Colin O'Sullivan 1545

Sketches Of Chris by Aurelia Lorca 943

Skinny Girl by Carla Sarett 2247

Smith by Jon A. Beadle 1033

Snow Angel by Leopold McGinnis 3029

Snowsuit, The by Hannah Thurman 1789

Soldiers by Daniel Davis 1503

Spinning the Wheel by Jon Beight 1338

Standard Response, The by Christine Nichols 102

Stanley by Victor Schwartzman 1282

Star 69 by Bradley Mason Hamlin 2779

Star Dust by Tony Battaglia 942

State of Shock by David P. Press 631

Stella is Crying by Leopold McGinnis 2238

Still Alive by Samuel Snoek-Brown 1637

Stomachache by ani smith 2883

Stories That Defy Literary Conventions by M.V. Montgomery 1276
A single piece consisting of four boldly iconoclastic flash fiction segments.

Summer of Gypsie Hendricks, The by Joan Hoekstra 1950

Swallowing Pride by J. A. Tyler 1180

Sweet by Walker Smart 582

Taking Care of Myself by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal 1559

Tale from a Tub by Ben Nardolilli 1880

Tales Of Bewilderment And Angst by M.V. Montgomery 744

Talker by Steven Gowin 447

Talking Head by Clinton Bryant 1159

Teeth by Aidan Hailes 1172

Thank God for Dave by Paul Corman-Roberts 1344

That Fucking Dog by Newamba Flamingo 5907

That Obituary Summer by John Palen 1347

That stink by Josh Olsen 2007

That Summer by Mike Boyle 965

Then I… by Josh Olsen 758

The Secret Life of Dr. Marty Walters by Pete McArdle 1370
Homage to "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

These People Are Sick by Gabriel Ricard 750

Thief, The by Robert Vaughan 1386

Things That Give An Uneasy Feeling by Miriam Sagan 164

Third Sunday of the Month, The by Brian Hobbs 385

This is Not for You by Edward J Rathke 2246

Three Critiques - The Planetary Series by Helena R. Duncan 739

Three Shorts: Rite, Professor X Circles The Darin, Preston by Mary Beth OConnor 1003

Thrill Show by W.C. Bamberger 2117

Time Travel by Toni Ann Johnson 687

Tips For Mariokart: Election Dash by David Rawson 814

Tits Like White Elephants by D.N. Anderson 1960

Tofu Dogs on the Corner of Queen St W and Spadina by Mike Lafontaine 748

To Have the Ass by Sean Pravica 3347

To My Widow by Stephen Moles 2794

TO SMOKE THE HOOKAHS by Samuel Snoek-Brown 623

Total Rapport by Victor Schwartzman 1553

Touching The Cracks by Robert Nordstrom 363

Train Wreck by Frank Sloan 227

Transalphabetical by Carissa Halston 1848

Transfer, The by J.D. Finch 1598

Transgressions by Andy Henion 770

Tuesday by Brian Hartman 2860

Tuesday Morning at the Sad Motel by William Taylor Jr. 2329

Two Dogs by Steve Wheeler 1851

Two Weeks in Hell's Kitchen by Mike Boyle 2313

Ugly by Andrew Lander 1431

Unaccustomed Mercy by DB Cox 1517

UNDEAD by Jeff Chon 3712

Undertaking Elmer by Joan Hoekstra 1434

Unnameable, The by Stephen Rowntree 1006

U People by Ashwin Parulkar 1860


VIKINGS by Rich Cronborg 1010

Vineyard, The by Jennifer Lesh 266

Voyeurs, The by Erika D. Price 1292

Waiting Game, The by Theo McCauley 552

Wallace in Wonderland by Pete McArdle 3613

Watch What You Wish For by Marion de Booy Wentzien 370

Wedding, The by Darlene P. Campos 1661

Wednesday for Dick by Brandon A.M. 823

What Are Friends For by S.C. Wade 1169

What February Feels Like by Ronit Feinglass Plank 2335

What Happened To Lorraine by Andy Meisenheimer 987

What I Know About Love by Marion de Booy Wentzien 1432

What We Keep by Bryan Howie 1550

When Angie Broke Up by BC Petrakos 780

Where The Cowboys Are by Larry Blumen 2230

White Trash Rumble by Andy Henion 2236

Why Such Damned Blues? by Jason Lancaster Cooney 11193

William by Joel Sweeney 1416

Wind Chimes of Happiness by Clifford K. Watkins 2569

Wishbone by Jason M. Heim 1346

Witness For The Prosecution by James Claffey 867

Words by Matt Micheli 2086

Working by William Taylor Jr. 28502

Working and Thinking by Frank Sloan 569

Writer's Conversation with Husband by Gloria Garfunkel 578

XOS 2 Exoskeleton by Zach Hamilton 591

Yellow Pelican Case by herocious 1713

You've Seen The Gypsy by Karley Bayer 1119

You Are That by Stephen James Moore 977

You Can't Always Get What You Want by Brian Anderson 294

You Don't See Any of This by Rasmenia Massoud 216