“The Model Husband Contest” from Punch

SCENE THE FIRST—At the GALAHAD-GREENS’. Mrs. G.-G. GALAHAD! Mr. G.-G. (meekly). My love? Mrs. G.-G. I see that the proprietors of All Sorts are going to follow the American example, and offer a prize of £20 to the wife who makes out the best case for her husband as a Model. It’s just as well, […]

In This Issue: March 2013

There’s something about March in the northern hemisphere.  Something bleak, something hopeful, something decidedly cold and warm, wet and dry, all at once. To give a fictional face to that contradiction, I’ve chosen Dave Tallerman’s “For Life,” a tale of a man coping with grief and a grieving father, and Alisa Alering’s “Keith Crust’s Lucky […]

“For Life” by David Tallerman

May. A new job in a new city. A rented flat in the outskirts, where the streets are greased with litter and a cold wind blows endlessly, seemingly out of nowhere. I find the park on the third day, and it truly feels like a discovery. No one goes there except a half-dozen interchangeable old […]

Better Late Than Never

Who knew stories so short could take so long? Jake here. After a hard drive crash, data loss, failed installations of a few content management systems, and a generally rotten few months, we have to get publishing again, even if we go a little, ahem, minimalist. We have two new little gems for you: “The […]

“Beholder”

by Sarah Grey The girl behind the counter is a waif with mottled cheeks, swaddled in a blue barista’s apron.  Her nametag, scratched half-bare, tells me only that she is a trainee.  She offers me a timid smile, thin sparkle-glossed lips closed tight.  She wears augmentation lenses, red plastic frames that glitter, a cheap pair […]

“The Birthday” by Mike McCormick

Dad was carrying a tray of grilled hot dogs across the fresh-cut grass when his knees stiffened and black smoke spewed from his nose. His shoulders lurched forward and his chin swung down and clanged against his chest as more and more black smoke billowed from his open mouth. There was a loud bang and […]

“A Young Turkish Catastrophe in Two Scenes” by Saki

The Minister for Fine Arts (to whose Department had been lately added the new sub-section of Electoral Engineering) paid a business visit to the Grand Vizier. According to Eastern etiquette they discoursed for a while on indifferent subjects. The minister only checked himself in time from making a passing reference to the Marathon Race, remembering […]

Self-Publishing Super Hero–William Blake

Venerable poet William Blake, author of sometimes mysterious and sometimes brilliantly simple works, was a self-publishing super hero who might serve as an inspiration to would-be self-publishers. He’s perhaps best known for his illuminated “Songs of Innocence” (example plate below) and “Songs of Experience.” He had a soup-to-nuts approach to publishing, illustrated by the unpoetic […]