Fiction

The Encroachment of Waking Life

The man in the fur hat warned me things might be different after we crossed the time barrier—that my presence might confound, even frighten those who’d forgotten me.

Apr 19, 2019
“As soon as you agree to soup.”: Excerpts from Erin McGraw’s ‘Joy’

“We need more soft bedding; everything now is hopelessly stained. We need better antiemetics. We need a miracle, and somebody to say so. It’s not going to be him.”

Apr 12, 2019
Con Suerte He Will Sleep Another Hour

Her mother had never curved a cool hand around Marilinda’s cheek and promised, Mijita, your life will be swollen with love.

Apr 12, 2019
The Cost of Dehaunting

“I don’t believe in ghosts, but you have a reputation for helping troubled properties.”

Tell Me What You Think of Me

I knew how these small moments could accumulate over time, threading back to one another, changing how you behaved in the world.

Mar 29, 2019
How to Move Through the Dark

The day the women left, Clary followed her mother to the water’s edge. She would’ve followed her under, too, if the other daughters hadn’t been there to hold her back.

Mar 22, 2019
If You Don’t Mind the Drowning

There are times you have legs. Mostly, you do not. You smile with teeth grown sharp from gnawing at chains that refuse to release.

Mar 15, 2019
Cactus City

Floating on her back, she imagines what’ll happen if she starts bleeding right then and there.

Mar 08, 2019
Sky Held Up by a Thousand Minarets

On this train ride back to his beginnings, Shettima’s mind overtook the train to another river in his memory, a river long and meandering as his days.

Mar 01, 2019
My Ex and My Ex-Chicken

I started to wonder how the hell she’d found me after all these years, but I was starting to realize that any chicken with the amount of determination I was seeing now would hardly be deterred from tracking me down.

Feb 22, 2019
The Collateral Recovery Business

She has taken back a vintage Pac Man pinball machine, gold teeth, and hair extensions. She has taken back virginity and faith in God. But can she take something back from the shadow of a woman she loved?

Keeping Up With The Other Us

Of course there was no best. Of course they were the same. I wanted to win in any case.

Feb 08, 2019
Men Who Sing the Music of the Night

When it was over, Myrrh clapped as much for their own feat of love as for their partner’s artistic accomplishment. They were proud and pleased—and then came the man who sang “The Music of the Night.”

The Future Is a Bright Yellow Kite

She knew this could happen. It was, after all, the way things were. The promise of Rekha’s warmth buried it.

Jan 25, 2019
Marisa, the Pitch Pine

Didn’t they get it? She was a pitch pine. She would win in the end.

Jan 18, 2019
Interplanetary Risk Management and Other Reasons to Quit Cheerleading

Her species procreates through a sacred sermonic skin grafting ritual, but the idea of sex with a teenage human male she found truly grotesque.

Jan 11, 2019
The Most Memorable Annual Pig Parade of Kharagpur

“Devilish,” said all of Kharagpur, after the Rosarios and their pig walked in the annual parade. “No pig’s supposed to jump backwards. Or laugh.”

Jan 04, 2019
What Does it Mean to Kill Something That Can Fly?

You wanted us to have a baby. I wanted your baby, and also for all the moths in the house to die.

Dec 21, 2018
The History of Us

The Big was proof that there was a God, and proof that God did not exist.

Dec 14, 2018
How to Love a Rabbit

There were a number of things that shaped who Simra was. The most important was that she knew how to love a rabbit.

Dec 07, 2018