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#Halloween
Charlotte Rodricks

Halloween Betrothal

It hit the floor with a thud. She watched in horror as the pumpkin basket bounced merrily off the floor of the patio scattering her

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4.0

Isra could hear her heart pounding as she slowly opened the door, her head swiveling back and forth to make sure he was alone. She

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#Halloween
Donald J. Bingle

Blind Spot

“I’m standing in the back yard now.” Aaron checked the bars on his cell phone; the signal was strong. “You have to fly out here

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Class
Fallen Kittie

The Game

Eden hates this class. Captive to the minutiae of cinema studies, she follows the methodic clicks of the lecture. Each slide comes thick and fast.

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Rduane Assink

New Optina

It was the pitch dark of night, but the full moon gave the slight feeling of dusk. The late hour had arrived and no one

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child death
April Douglas

How to Bury your Child

The call comes in the middle of the night. When someone calls at three in the morning, it’s never good. The voice on the other

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private investigator
Rebecca Kojetin

Confessions

I looked up from the case on my desk. The bell on the door had announced her presence. She sat on the chair facing me,

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#kids
Brandon Diehl

Neighborhood Watch

The time has come. The time to protect this subdivision and all its fair inhabitants. I kneel down and adjust the playing card in the

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clay
Anne Kits

Late Nights. 

My mother’s digital card swipes filled the kitchen, blasting out alongside tiresome late night commercials. They were the sort that mindlessly repeated and babbled about

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Fiction
Pam Reeder

Rugarou in the Bayou

You better be good or the Rugarou gonna come for you Photo by Marloes Hilckmann on Unsplash Mama always told us if the Rugarou come

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bad boy
Sylvie Soul

Elite and Tawdry – Chapter 10

No…this can’t be happening, Tawny thought. “Are you okay?” Maddie asked as they exited McCurdy’s class. “You look like you’re about to puke.” “I thought

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Rduane Assink

Multi-Linear Refraction

Moses paused at the automatic opening doors and looked out across the parking lot. A slight drizzle had begun to fall and the shopping cart

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church
Daniel Esse

Long Way Home

It was just like any other day. We were all exhausted and we still had a long way to go before we arrived home. “Let’s

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big bang
Donald J. Bingle

Story Choices

This entire story already exists, but you are only experiencing it one word at a time as you move forward through it. You could, if

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Contemporary Fiction Contest
Gareth Gray

Just Another Day

Everyone ignored Jim. He’d gotten used to it over the years. Years of living on the streets had not been kind. He had faded to

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carousel
Kai Parker

Olympius Hunting

The Girl She ducked down behind the sleigh; the light couldn’t reach her there. The man whistled along to the tune and walked between the

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The Attempt

She believed she could so she did. Oh, really? That easy, huh? Seems like a load of bull, to me. It’s more like: she didn’t

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Body Horror
Tonya Moore

Tribute

Rastaman gone astray, the devout artist had adopted flesh for his canvas. Everything about him was dark, including the curl of his brows. Including his

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bad boy
Sylvie Soul

Elite and Tawdry – Chapter 7

When Tawny arrived to her room, she was surprised to find another girl occupying the space. It wasn’t Elaine, however; this girl was shorter and

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big brother
Liz Lowham

Seizures

All I can think is Allie hates toothpaste. The doctor smiles with teeth like bones under X-rays and says it’s not that unusual in a

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Contemporary Fiction Contest
Maid Corbic

COSMICAL WAR MMMCVI

This futuristic act takes us to some chambers of the world that are still unknown to us, so that we still cannot react to some

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flash fiction
Meg Sipos

Event Horizons

When the stars started going out, Iggy started stealing. Small things at first. A jar of peanut butter, a pocket knife, batteries, flashlights. He took

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9 11
Steven Clifford

Origins of Misattribution In New York

Toothed blizzard––chomping fish-eggs of memories, never hatching to a reliving paradise––is trailing burns of film rolls, boiling away the playback of Sam’s decision to leave

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Broken Marriage
George Wilcox

Plug In + Die: A Pixelated Sunrise

Losing Grip on Reality MindSoft is deemed responsible for crippling family life and stunting the growth of interpersonal skills. A NEW DIGITAL CRAZE is sweeping

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Dark Fiction
L B Dezine

Intrusions, Part IV: This is How We Hunt

                         Contain adult sexual themes. Suitable for readers aged 18+ only. Walk with Pandora through many rooms, through halls and labyrinthine passageways. Then, finally, emerge

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The Fratton Road

“You want a bag?” “No, thank you–” Adam grabbed the egg & cress sandwich and bottled Frappuccino “–cheers!” “Cheers,” the cashier responded with a broad

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ambush
Wesson Renick

Your Heroes Disappoint

The main hallway in the downtown precinct is bustling with traffic, everyone moving quick and deliberate. No time for eye contact. Off to the side,

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creative writing
Şimal Yurtsever

THE FAMILIAR SCENT

Some things never change. Every time he goes on a business trip, something unfortunate happens to Joshua like it’s destined. This time, his car broke

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dark
Donald J. Bingle

Protest Seen

It wasn’t my fault. I was just minding my own business when it happened. I mean, really minding my own business. I was just walking

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The Strange Boy

Standing in the sweaty-humid and cramped public buses of the city during the sweltering heat of a summer noon was something Sajib had hardly ever

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Capitalism
Tim McDaniel

Meet the New Boss

 “And then over at Hower and Drake, I learned how to play bocce – that’s this game with balls, kind of like bowling – and

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Beach
Fallen Kittie

Luscious Lola

Lola has wide hips, legs overshadowed by voluminous thighs; and a heart ribbed within a cage affixed to a column that snakes to her posterior.

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Enemies to lovers
Maggie Knott

Polaris – Part One

The November sky was grey and streaked with long, puffy clouds that masked the gradual steeping of the sun below the horizon; the time was

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flash fiction
Nick Gaudio

Whelp

The hens were slaughtered in the night — never mind it was his father’s fault. The rabbits were brutalized, some of them killed for sport,

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Fiction
Matt Reicher

The Swing Set

“Higher daddy! I want to go higher!” I couldn’t help but smile and try to — safely — grant her wish. ‘Sammie’ (only her grandpa

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Coronavirus
Tanner Benham

No One Cares, Kentucky 

Hands grasp box. Hands lift box. Glance at the label. Turn body backward. Step up into the truck. Place box on a shelf labeled 400.

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Circus
Wayne Johnson

Buck and Me

The shooting finally stopped. Rose had gone. I jogged over to the trailer and peeked through the gaping, ragged hole in the side. Buck sat

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Club
Gene Glotzer

Rapture

She was starting a few minutes late, but it was close enough for jazz. She scanned the crowd. Not huge, but decent. Almost all white

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Carol
Joshua Seagraves

Finally Making it Big – Carol 89

[Transcripts taken from video recordings made by the victim, towards the end of iteration.] [Video 1: Update video] Hey everyone, it’s Carol! I wanted to

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Lasse Out

** First published by Gay Flash Fiction under a pseudonym. ** My boyfriend’s name is Classic. One day, when we’re older, we’re going to live

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Lies of the Nameless

I sit in a room, which is fuzzy looking, almost blurry, and a bit dim, unfamiliar. I breathe, the smell familiar and comfortable as I

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bad day
Wesson Renick

Cash Only

There’s a weird energy in the building. Jenna feels it in her gut; panic and dread churning together to create a fear of not knowing

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angles
Laura Hogg

An Angel’s Gamble

“My money’s on the humans.” Nalaevial stood on the looming rock, his great wings curving with currents of unearthly wind. Gashara glanced at the heart-shaped

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equality
Tim McDaniel

Inhuman

“This is kind of a go-nowhere party, Ryan,” Logan said. “I don’t even know why you dragged me here.” Ryan noticed a circle of empty

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From a Booth in Bel Loc Diner

I probably shouldn’t have ordered black coffee. It’s going to stick to my teeth and make them look more yellow than normal and I spent

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The Red Zombie Scare

The Chinese government grew tired of the arrogance of the United States, so they decided to remedy the problem. They infected American POWs with a

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Rduane Assink

The Great Potato War of 1947

The last thing Merrill remembered was the panicked voice of a medic. “He’s lost so much blood, I don’t think he’s going to make it,”

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Fiction
Somsubhra Banerjee

Emailing A Tree?

To: Banyan.tree@BNYN001.com, Near the roadside tea stall, Opposite to the Erstwhile Zamindar house ID:- BNYN001 Dear Banyan tree, I always felt that we could connect,

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Fiction
Gianni Bawn

Scream

Alberto’s finger bled. He hadn’t realised, but he had been biting his nails for the whole bus journey. In a complete state of dissociation, Alberto

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Carol
Joshua Seagraves

Come Back – Carol 62

Hey guys, It’s Carol, I was just writing this letter to see how you guys were doing. It’s not the easiest form of communication, but

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child abuse
April Douglas

Turning Left

I was there the morning they pulled the body up out of the swamp. I was fourteen, in that awkward phase between child and woman.

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#interview
Gene Glotzer

A Long Morning

Jim hated mid-morning appointments. He could sleep in a little bit. He could, but he couldn’t. It was too big. He’d been unemployed for too

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comedy
Daniella Cressman

Sophie’s Extravagant Shopping Spree

Sophie stared through the shopping window at the long, golden gown, hanging marvelously on the mannequin’s skin: Paul Revere was one of her favorite designers,

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science fiction
Isaac Kaaren

The Voice of Weskam Station

A short story about time Hubert Malcolm Davies was always the voice of Weskam Station. This tiny station, native to a village remarkable only for

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classic car
M.R. Cameo

Colloquy of the Moon

Reyna gazed at the moon yearningly as if attempting to communicate with it from the backseat of the dingy taxi she was forced to take

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chill
Anne Kits

When the Night Grows Cold. 

The bottom of my school-issued laptop’s computer screen displayed the temperature as it always did, but this time it seemed particularly cruel, for this time

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dark
Isaac Kaaren

Eulogy for a Jacket

Because they say fashion is dead You don’t see jackets like this every day, especially not in this modern era. Now it’s all about fast

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Dear Mr. Assassin (Short Story)

Dear Mr. Assassin Just as Emmett finished cleaning the blood-splattered blade, the dead drop’s motion sensor pinged. One glance at the screen showed no one.

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blackhumor
Joshua Thomason

Sally

No one likes Mondays. No one likes the acknowledgement of the monotony of life that is perfectly represented by a Monday morning. Sally reached in

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Campus Story
Franklin Okeafor

GEORGE KINLOCK

It was a lovely Monday Morning at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. It had taken George Kinloch twenty minutes to trek to the Center for

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Carol
Joshua Seagraves

Going Home – Carol #1

 Hi there. My name’s Carol, and what you’re reading right now is a message, mainly just so I can vent out any bad feelings I

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Contemporary Fiction Contest
Samantha Lazar

One Percent

“E​veryone meets online these days,” Melanie said. “I know, but this seems way more complicated than using Match or OK Cupid.” Lauren sipped her coffee

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Nicky Shows Up

A possibly true–but probably not–retelling of a disastrous marriage Nicky showed up last night. A little before 10:00, he started banging on the door, ringing

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The 10-year Challenge

A police officer was making his round in the street. Everyone in this area who owns a shop knows him. He was tall and with

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Carol
Joshua Seagraves

Please Slow Down – Carol 51

[Transcript taken from recording of victim in her living room, towards the end of the iteration. It is theorized that she was praying to some

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The Creation Myth: Part One 

There was nothing but the eternal sea, which is named Harthil. Harthil was chaotic, its waves were big, and its power was unmatchable. But then

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bad boy
Sylvie Soul

Elite and Tawdry – Chapter 4

Tawny’s quarters were situated in Macklemore Hall, an old brick building not too far off from the main campus. Her room was empty when she

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aging
David Sales

The Last Dessert

“Are you sure you don’t want to stay with us tonight, Dad?” The left corner of Tom Smith’s wrinkled mouth rose to complete his normal,

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Too Suspicious

The steady thrum of the washing machine filled my ears as I sat in the corner of the laundry room wondering what to do. Did

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animals
Jay Arzeta

An evening on the Trail 

I began to succumb to my drifting eyes. I focused them on the tree bark. Watching the line of small dots run up it. And

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action
Donald J. Bingle

Net Impact

Prologue The squad moved through the unfamiliar terrain with practiced ease. Hawk was on point, scanning the all-too-near horizon methodically. Peregrine and Shrike trailed at

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college
Fallen Kittie

Some Things Never Change

When Eden was eighteen, her uncle told her countless tales of life in the desert. He lived there for many years. Perfect, he said, because

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Contemporary Fiction Contest
Wesson Renick

In Death He’s Briefly Kevin

The loud banging outside has become a distraction. A woman in a lab coat spins around in her chair and asks, “Can someone check on

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