VOICES FROM THE FIRE: S.R. Malone

The Purgatory Gate I Skies crackled overhead. Was it lightning or something of fouler origins? Unsure, he nudged the iron visor from his eyes. Never before had he witnessed such deviancy from the greys and blues of the skies above, save for the melting pinks that bled into winter mornings above the village. Now theContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: S.R. Malone”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kristen DiLandro

Little failures everywhere Black bulbs the size of pin heads germinate below the translucent layer of skin. Like clockwork, they grow thick, sharp sprouts reaching toward the sun. This coarse overgrowth reminds me how long it’s been since I’ve wielded a razor. No skirt today. Covering the legs is easy. But out in the open,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Kristen DiLandro”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Giulio Magrini

LITTLE SISTER I remember the feel of your candy cane jammies and the lights of joy exploding from your face; the long brown hair was the color of dirt where anything can grow, particularly my heart. It cascaded in confused curls around your shoulders, and like all kids you paid attention to none of it.Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Giulio Magrini”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover

Into The Darkness It was half past four. The Dawn setting in I must walk I have to. I set out into the Growing darker sky, stars, brighter, snow whiter. Headphones in with lame affirmations blaring in my ears Into the woods I picked up my pace. This quickened step came to a slow whenContinue 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: Paul Warren

THE FEARFUL GIRL IS THE STRANGEST DANCER.  The moonlit dance was never danced again . The stonemason fled the scene . In the stump of an old tree ,where hearts have rotted out . Adam and Eve for a new generation ,scenarios the same ,just the faces that change. Old leaves turn into lace skeletons. Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Paul Warren”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Samir Karimo

The Creepy Environmentalist I was walking through the dark forest when I saw something creepy: a humanoid tree had relations with the environmentalist Little Red Riding Hood and while they exchanged caresses, the seeded sap fell on the girl’s breasts, leading her to become a carnivorous plant that absorbed the moans of her lycanthropic victimsContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Samir Karimo”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ethan Goffman

One Man’s Trash As I emptied the trash, a trove of glasses slipped into the garbage bag’s gaping mouth.  “Hey,” I asked my wife, “have you thrown out my old glasses”?  “They were just sitting in a heap,” she said. “Some of them must have been decades old.” It was true, I had left themContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ethan Goffman”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

How I knew you were dead – PT2 Not that it matters anymore,did it ever really matter at all?What they, you, thought of me, A matter of belief.It will always be. I’ve know been told ‘she was trying to be kind,you know Stephen, ‘with your state of mind’Oh right, so she’s dying, duly dies, without good luck,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

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”