When I was a young child they thought I was born blind or crazy. I cried and screamed almost endlessly. When I was old enough to walk I stumbled, put my hands over my eyes, and seemed to trip and fall over unseen obstacles. My misery, the visits to doctors, the many theories about […]

The Nixie Path

Fair proud a lad I was, and bold, so when our healer, Allonia, sent me to look for the royal’s berry, “Crimson the fruit, and set upon a throne of three leaves, no more and no less, green shot through with purple, like unto the robes of our fair Duke, who holds the throne […]


In a New York bar in the 1870s, a small man braves his worst fears to attempt an impossible rescue. […]

Pawn & Gun

A genial small-town pawn shop owner holds the threads of his customer’s lives. […]


Warehouse sketch

Mindy Dawson, a delivery truck driver, inadvertently spreads a dusty trail of death through downtown Los Angeles. […]

Flowers of Fate

The boy ran up the lane, his thoughts filled with a sweet tension. What would she say? How did she feel about him? Did she know he loved her? His heart beat faster, and his hands were hot. The wind whipped around him, trees sighing like his heart as the leaves moved against each […]

La Pâtisserie

The scent of cinnamon and honey rolled in the breeze, and I followed the trail down the cobbled road. The pastry shop was small and old, but was well-kept and clean. As I entered, a small bell on the door chimed.

An old woman was rolling dough out on a stone slab, and I […]

The Point

It was another pointless day at my community college. The usual agitators in my English 204 class had started a discussion which ranged far off its original course, and finally degenerated into an argument about that old cliche: If you knew a nuclear weapon was about to explode in a city in a few hours, […]


by William V. Burns

It was stinking hot when he pulled the police cruiser off the road. The park Rangers were waiting for him in their Land Rover. They roared along a rutted dry wash until they reached the campsite. Lieutenant Allen Thoreson climbed out and walked over to the collapsed, slashed tent. The young […]