The Candle

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy. The cold snow was blowing as mother and daughter raced home. Sleet tore at their faces like hordes of hungry bees but it didn’t seem to bother them. Nine-year-old Karen was remembering how one afternoon from behind […]

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Wishes

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy.   I would sift through an endless field of a million clovers for the one with four leaves to give this wish to you. I would day for ages and eons to find the biggest wishbone fossil […]

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A Wee Little Sock

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy. There was once a land divided by a great winding river. On one side of the river lived a proud people who worked and trod the land in their bare feet. On the other side of the […]

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Twas the night before New Years

The following piece was presented at Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy.   ‘Twas the night before New Years, and all through the city, Young babes, broads, and bitches were dressed very pretty; In stockings, high heels, and the shortest of skirts, They topped off their outfits with low-cut […]

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The Warrior-Ghost

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy.   The summer after Pastor Lowry disappeared, Shayla was bored pretty much all the time, and so she jumped on the story of the graveyard ghost. Pastor Lowry had been the grown-up’s preacher at their church, […]

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Let’s Play House

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy. “Let’s have a wedding!” Cherry said holding her hands and jumping up in excitement. “No. No. Let’s skip the wedding.” Peanut shook his head. His brow furrowed as he pursed his lips, trying to muster […]

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Jesus & Jell­-O

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ genre event – Recess: Children Stories for Adults. Please enjoy. It happened. It did. Really. Swear to God! In a little tot body with legs-­ fat logs. Girl had a father, but called him John. “Call me Daddy. Please. Come on.” Mommy dropped girl for […]

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The Horror of Love — Call for Stories

JCW is accepting submissions for our next literary reading of romantic stories with a horror twist. Make it scary, make it romantic, make it paranormal or gothic. Selected works will be read at our Horror of Love literary event and published on our website. Flash fiction, novel excerpts, poetry, monologues, dialogue-only scripts, lyrics, epistolary fiction […]

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Double Take

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event – Noir: A Celebration of Detective Fiction. Please enjoy.   Detective Sloan could read a crime scene like a cheap paperback.  Some scenes were a comedy of errors. Criminals — too stupid to live — getting themselves killed while committing robberies. Others […]

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The Case of the Man on the Wrong Damn Side

The following piece was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event – Noir: A Celebration of Detective Fiction. Please enjoy.   I had a guy on the Lower East Side that owned a Jewish bakery. One day he puts a tray of his signature giant macaroons in the front window while two sisters […]

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