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…

New and Sharp, With Many Teeth by Kara Bright Kilgore

An escaped prisoner commits another crime that might be his last; by Kara Bright Kilgore.

Before my escape, I learned this prayer of north and south. I learned it from Ralphie, who heard it from Vinny, who heard it from Saul, who learned about it from J. Forsythe, who supposedly made it out ten years ago. Ralphie told me this among other things, and his voice traveled through the water pipe from h…