Short Stories

 

Marvelous, South Dakota

My story Marvelous, South Dakota is up at Fiction Southeast. It is set in the South Dakota Badlands.

Badlands, proclaimed the Lakota Sioux, because it was such a difficult place to cross.

During the height of the Cold War, South Dakota housed many of the nuclear missiles that could have destroyed the world. Some of those underground silos are now part of … Continue reading »

TRAPPED IN THE SHADOWS

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(originally published in Dew On The Kudzu)

I’m reading about the crematory owner, as my fourth trip to South Beach since my last great girl traded me straight up for a life of uncertainty comes to a close.  The sheriff discovered bodies, stacked like firewood in sheds, and everywhere else … Continue reading »

ATHENA BARRABAS

Athena Barrabas

(Originally appeared in Burnt Bridge)

Tonight, my girlfriend’s reeling off my faults in an auctioneer’s voice to an imaginary gathering of women, all also displeased with their boyfriends.

“Good evening, ladies.  First up, I’ve got a boy who doesn’t share, doesn’t like to snuggle, and always argues with me when I’m feeling hurt.  I’ll start the bidding at five dollars.”

I sit … Continue reading »

SAM

Sam’s replacement in the foxhole at Omaha Beach swallowed a shrapnel sandwich. Years of shenanigans followed.

Sam married a model.  Elsewhere, they were manufacturing better ones.

Her Dreamcatcher hung from the rearview mirror of Sam’s Mustang long after she deserted him.

At the VA Hospital, Sam became paralyzed while snowflakes that glittered like crystals dissipated outside.

Sam lent the Mustang to an acquaintance who … Continue reading »

DIVING FOR PENNIES

The next Twenty Something to proclaim that he “needed more cowbell” was gonna get punched in the fuckin’ face. Unlike the rest of his life, stomping some backwards-baseball-cap-wearing punk was something within Carley’s control.  He had seen Blue Öyster Cult in … Continue reading »

LOST ALONG THE WAY

Thh-whack! Thh-whack! Never before during the eight years Earl Barker had spent in countless motel rooms as a cardboard box salesman had he heard a more disturbing sound. While he couldn’t be one hundred percent sure, his worse fear was that the two, quick, bone-cracking smacks which had just exploded through the wall were the sounds of a woman being … Continue reading »

HOJO’S LAST GASP – THE PASSING OF A ROADSIDE EMPIRE

At a certain point as you navigate the Pinellas Bayway in the dark into St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, the lustrous shine of the magnificent 73 year-old Don Cesar Hotel fills your car’s windshield and commands your vision. Continue reading »