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Heart of Gold

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whiskey Saloon. Please enjoy. Deep in the heart of gangland territory, in a brothel and the homebase of Lordstown’s misfits, our heroine Val had an extraordinarily difficult time chewing on cooked desert lizard. Meanwhile Baines studied her from across the table. Her short […]

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Wanton Fallacy

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whiskey Saloon. Please enjoy. “Kirk, the Reviled.  That’s what they called him.” said the man reclining in the wooden chair, chewing on tobacco and rocking back and forth. “Why Kirk?  That doesn’t sound like a Southern name.  Or a Texan name.  Or…”  The […]

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All Along The Water

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whiskey Saloon. Please enjoy.   Phil and I were getting water from the creek and sore about having to do it. We had a well in the yard. But Ma had this real strange fear about the well drying up so we had […]

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Salt

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whiskey Saloon.  Please enjoy.   On the third day I knew we were going to die. My captors seemed to know it too. Their pugnacious expressions had changed to something softer, wider-eyed. I tried to keep my own eyes closed as much […]

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Exquisite Corpse – A Writing Experiment

Tonight at prompts, we got into groups and wrote exquisite corpses. Writing an exquisite corpse is quite simple. Sometimes one writer will write a line and pass it and then the next will add to their story, fold the page over to hide the previous writer’s line and then pass it to a third person. […]

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Bad Juju on You

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whispers of an Apparition: Literary Reading of Paranormal Fiction.  Please enjoy.   At seventeen years old, I am still afraid of lightning. I dread it coming in through my window like an uninvited demon, electrocuting me in bed. It terrorizes me, shooting […]

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Game, Set, Match

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whispers of an Apparition: Literary Reading of Paranormal Fiction.  Please enjoy.   You might find it difficult to believe that I used to like my job.  When I collected an evil soul and deposited it in Hell, I knew that I had […]

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There’s a Special Section for Us

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whispers of an Apparition: Literary Reading of Paranormal Fiction.  Please enjoy.   “Party of two?” the hostess asks while looking down at the seating layout on the podium.  My liaison gives a grateful nod as she leads us to a booth in […]

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New Religion

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whispers of an Apparition: Literary Reading of Paranormal Fiction.  Please enjoy.   The demon made its home on the second floor of the house, so Molly stayed downstairs in the living room. Every few days, the demon had a new way to […]

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Ghosts of Memories Past

The following short story was presented at the Jersey City Writers’ monthly genre event–Whispers of an Apparition: Literary Reading of Paranormal Fiction.  Please enjoy.   “Where are we?” “Hopefully on the same path Suzie took the night she was killed Jake,” replied Ken. The two men had just stepped off of a road and were […]

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