Where does inspiration come from? It comes from recent rain and rainbows, music from your past, a babbling brook that loves to gossip, fresh cut grass that makes your tennis shoes green, or a beautiful woman that takes your breath away. It can come from babies laughing, a word on a roadside sign, the way […]

Turn Off The Light When You Leave


The Fog

Submitted by Russ Towne Melissa was drawn to the hill from the moment she inherited this property from an aunt she’d never met. It was always shrouded in fog. The fog remained through rainstorms and when everywhere else was sunny. Melissa was a quadriplegic from a childhood accident. Her wheelchair was battery-powered but couldn’t climb […]

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before – By Jessica B. Bell

My dreams are haunted by laughter. Not happy sounds, either, but perverse, pained laughter that sounds more animal than human. It comes in spasms and bursts, and is guttural and without mirth. It is always the same, and I wake up trembling; covered in sweat. These last few weeks, the trembling has gotten worse, and […]

Dread Chain

Dread Chain

There is no quiet time No true running away Lo, all of my time is spent looking…. For that mythical better day Time well spent has no meaning for me It just drags on like fettered chains A cruel master that harries man Whom I beg to set me free I wear my chains of […]


  It had been a long hard day at work shifting and lugging the stock, and I was glad to be home. I turned the key in the door and opened it, almost falling into the house with sheer exhaustion. I slammed the door shut behind me and rested my head against and let out […]

The Ghost on the Widow’s Walk- Weekly Prompt

Submitted by Joanne Best.  Part of the Ghost Prompt. “There’s a ghost up there.” Carrie glanced at the little boy standing in front of her as she packed up the rest of her beach gear. According to her stomach, it was just about dinner time. “Up there,” He pointed to the widow’s walk on top […]

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