"The Savage Saga of William Whilick" is out now in Volume 4 Issue 1 of Fjords Reviewand was published in August 2016.
William Whilick has Asperger syndrome and his obsession with a comic book barbarian is causing him problems at his elementary school. After a playground incident lands him in hot water he embarks on a misguided hero's quest through his neighborhood to redeem himself in the eyes of his overwhelmed mother.
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"The Men of Burr"appeared in Issue #13 of Popshot Magazineand was published in April 2015.
Sebastian Shull was seven feet tall and fresh off the bus from Chicago when John Moran hired him to deliver death notices to the women of Burr, Maine. He arrived in town with nothing but a change of clothes and the black mark of being 4-F (physically unacceptable for military service) hanging over his head. After Pearl Harbor, every able-bodied man either volunteered or was drafted. Shull tried, but the Army wouldn’t take him due to his height. Everyone at the processing station marvelled at his frame and posed for awkward photos with him, but after the flashbulbs popped, Shull was given the bad news: the U.S. Army didn’t take any man under five feet or over six feet six inches. He was told he’d probably be a fine soldier, but the Army didn’t have pants that would fit him...
This wartime story tells the tale of an outcast who became a local hero.
"Traced Back Here" appeared in Issue #11 of Popshot Magazineand was published in April 2014.
After the death of his father, a young man tries to unravel his mysterious family past. With a few pieces of evidence, some tangled memories, and his father's pocket flask acting as a compass, the narrator journeys to find out who he is and where he comes from.
Gaston “The Wonderer” Bjerknes is not your average illusionist, he and his assistant, a dwarf named Brom, are hired for a private show by a group of teenagers. The teens plan to raid the liquor cabinet and heckle the duo mercilessly but they get more of a show than they bargained for when the magician takes them on a mind-bending ride to a world of true wonder.
"The Wing Huffer"appeared in In Shades Magazineand was published on October 4, 2016.
Owen flipped the light switch and for a brief moment caught a glimpse of the horrifying Rube Goldberg machine his kitchen had been transformed into. The apparatus was already winding and spinning into action: cordage, mechanisms, counterweights, and tripwires crisscrossed every surface. A bowling ball fell into a clothesbasket. A pulley system was engaged. A cinderblock fell on the tines of a garden rake. Something snapped across the room and a claw hammer whipped through the air, striking him above the right eye and pealing his eyebrow back from his forehead in three wet pieces like the skin of a banana.
Black stars exploded in his field of vision. The grocery bag he was holding dropped to the floor and he staggered in a drunk circle as blood poured down his face in hot globs. He was tipping at the edge of consciousness, sure he would pass out, when an odd shape scuttled across the kitchen floor and jolted his scrambled brain into focus: The spider was in the house...
This blackly comic nightmare explores the dark side of stumbling across the miraculous.