The Fleeting Grandfather by Sheena Billett

Clare arrives at the wrong church for a funeral, and meets a new fate instead; by Sheena Billett.
My first thought is that I must have the time wrong when I arrive at the church and there is not a black-clad mourner in sight. Just to be sure, I try the door which is firmly locked. Surely a place like Surrington can't have more than one church. I check the details on my phone and look at the iv…

Carried in the Arms of Darkness by Luke Beling

Jumi, a troubled refugee, tries to connect with his roommate Rudi, in Luke Beling's tragic tale.

Five black jeeps, filled with men dressed in camouflage, stormed into my village while I was kicking a ball with my brother and father. My father put his hand over his mouth and looked at my brother and me with eyes so big I thought we could jump into them. We heard the shrill of my mother's vo…

Butterfly by Charles David Taylor

College student Dan strikes up a relationship with a rich Korean woman that leads to dependency, obsession and death; by Charles David Taylor.

You can never find a bus stop in Houston when you need one. I'd walked a few blocks from the cemetery through a misting rain, with no luck. I was about to splurge on an Uber when I finally saw one of the familiar kiosks, complete with cracked plastic wa…

Woman by the Lake by Jeff Ingber

While canoeing on the lake, divorcé Kyle is caught in a storm that casts him on the shores of destiny, in Jeff Ingber's heart-wrangling story of forbidden romance.

My paddle slices through silver-blue water, the morning sunrays dancing on the ripples. The monastic quiet is disturbed only by a squadron of buzzing flies and the splash of rainbow trout lunging for their breakfast. The canoe roc…

Home and Dry by Anne Dorrian

Will the tropical remote island of Île Caché be far away enough for Dora to outrun the consequences of her crime? By Anne Dorrian.

Ms Pammers' crystal tipped nail pierced the wind. When she spoke, her eyebrows danced above her sunglasses like caterpillars convulsing in a strange mating ritual. She pointed at the far side of the island. "You'll see it in a moment." Her voice had…