VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover

The Golden Apple For many years I pruned apple trees. In the beginning I started very hesitantly wanting every apple to stand a fighting chance. As I continued to learn the craft pruning became easier overtime more apples fell to the ground without wavering, they became easier to get rid of. This made more chanceContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE:Doug Jacquier

The Naif Fisherman I’d been driven by my friends to an exhibition (not at a gallery but at the artist’s house or, more correctly, the artist’s parents’ house, a mudbrick two-story faux-Gothic number nestled in a forest background), where the wine was served in pottery goblets made by a local ‘craftsperson’ who saw anything thatContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE:Doug Jacquier”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Robert Ragan

And Afraid There was something there with them. Rachel could feel its eyes watching as they stood around talking while they went on and on about the lake house. She stood there in a trance witness to horrible visions of chained maniacs. And the brutal man who ruled the insane with an iron fist. Dan,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Robert Ragan”

LUCKY NUMBER 7

Well not really…lucky…it was a pain the ass to get out battling our distributor/printer as I recovered from a rather brutal kidney infection (full recovery pending)…. BUT HERE IT IS…VOICES FROM THE FIRE VOL. 7 It seems like these volumes are starting to find voices of their own as they should but in a commonContinue reading “LUCKY NUMBER 7”

Sweet Smell of Success…

Sometimes it doesn’t always smell so sweet…in fact sometimes it isn’t even successful…and there’s humor to be found there among the tragedy of it all and perhaps a bit of hope to salvage the mess but isn’t that why we dream and what happens when those dreams come during the dead time of being awake?Continue reading “Sweet Smell of Success…”

In the Land of Eternal Thirst, some of that desert magic…

While DFP is still technically on hiatus, there are obligations to be fulfilled and due to some issues with Amazon (fuck Jeff Bezos) what was intended as a July release has been unleashed in August… Leah Mueller’s LAND OF ETERNAL THIRST AND OTHER STORIES It feels odd to refer to someone you correspond with byContinue reading “In the Land of Eternal Thirst, some of that desert magic…”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Dillinger

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kaci Skiles Laws

Ghosts My mother was crazy. She was crazy in love with my dad long after he started ‘working late hours.’ She loved him even after his broccoli casserole was too cold, and he hit her for the first time, two years into their marriage.  There were times the biscuits were overdone; the ice cubes had notContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kaci Skiles Laws”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Paul Ilechko

Kingbird I was watching the birds the day that Jose Mendez cracked up. I do that a lot. You can learn a lot from birds, trust me on this. I bet that old Chinese guy, Sun Tzu, got some of his ideas from watching them. They know strategy. I was watching kingbirds – a wholeContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Paul Ilechko”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Robert Ragan

Star-Crossed I never thought I’d be in my 30’s, throwing rocks at a woman’s second-story bedroom window. First night out the pen in two years, and they were going to lock me back up for vandalism. It sucks when your girlfriend gets kicked out of her apartment and has to move back in with herContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Robert Ragan”