VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

         Victoria Coach Station-Isle of Wight. An inexplicable indoor wind whips litter around my feet and bags.A newly docked Coach, it’s hot tyre smell reminds me of the roads back home in Summertime.Though we are deep in November, nearly December.Coaches smell of Summer, years of my childhood on a tourist island where Coaches abound, andContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ethan Goffman

I Am an Oracle In 2025 the United States as we know it will cease to exist. In 2042 I will die, alone and impoverished, in a shoddy facility set up, quickly and haphazardly, to house the elderly and terminally ill. Between those two events, my wife will die of a medical emergency. In 2070,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Ethan Goffman”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover

The Monster Shake  I have never pondered the strength of a handshake…how hard to squeeze, how long to hold, how much to shake and when to release?  Like my anger!  The tale of the father who was battered and now himself is abusive…why?  Fighting it, resisting it and even hating it, but it’s much moreContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

Becoming old First it reminds me most friends are dead.Well, that is just the way of things, what can I expect ?Did I think they would wait for me, give me a chance to catch up?I tried.Because I wanted my to be together again, talk for hours over a cup.Well, that seemed more probable thanContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Peter Crowley

Home, at Last      The backyard is crumbling.       Masked men with machetes butchered the hedges. The pool is a hydrothermal vent where the bacterium LUCA enjoys the floats. Where there isn’t dirt, the grass is coarse and tan.        Rabbits have pledged allegiance to a new kind. Squirrels scurry up the trees, hiding forever behind soft, white,Continue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Peter Crowley”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jack Henry & Dillinger

A Drug Story Fat Freddy tells me he is out of the game. Fentanyl, he says, fucked everything up. But you can still get high, still get by, just test your shit before the party begins. Small time motherfuckers don’t care and those motherfuckers are the ones that die. Hustling down to a different partContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Jack Henry & Dillinger”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Karen Cline-Tardiff

Do Credit Cards Dream of Electric Purchases? The teller thought it was probably when I tried to buy gas at the Quik-E-Mart out on the bypass. They’d had a rash of credit card skimmers on that side of town. They issued me a new card on the spot, all shiny with little gold chip, justContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Karen Cline-Tardiff”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover

An Old Man Appears The weather was nice.  I’ve been wanting to go to the bush for a while to see the magical world that lives within and beyond the trees.  As I walked I saw chipmunks sunbathing on stumps and brown and white butterflies’ in their mourning cloaks grazed my sight.  I listened toContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Carmen Grover”

VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter

The Story…. Ever since i became old enough to be ‘aware’ of my own mental health I knew I had problems.As I turned fifteen I began to realise I could control these problems with street drugs, the fact that they not only made me feel good but better than good ,a bonus.Heroin, the ultimate painContinue reading “VOICES FROM THE FIRE: Stephen Whitter”

Riding Further Off into the Human Zoo

The almost Fall…Fall anthology…Fall of the press for now culminates in our final (for now) fall anthology GUNS GODS GLORY & GREED encompassing both the western pulp HONKY-TONK ANGELS and the cultish ANIMAL MASKS No we’re not cowboys but we are going off in the sunset a bit to interact with the rest of theContinue reading “Riding Further Off into the Human Zoo”