By Andrew Clark, At first, Catherine Davis thought some kids had played a prank. On the front lawn of her Riverdale home were two piles: one a pile of thirty severed hands, the other a pile of thirty severed feet. Seated in a plastic chair at the centre of the lawn was a makeshift dummy […]

The Carnival

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By Geeta Johal, Samuel glances over his shoulder and sees the moon spilling into the sea.  He dusts his leather jacket, hides a gun under his shirt, and climbs into his boots. Samuel grinds his teeth as he steers out into the night. Cold headlights streak down an empty road leading to the past. The […]

Some Kind of Magic

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By Ken Giesbrecht,   I dreamt of you last night as I have so often this past year.   It is the same dream It always is. In it we are witches living secluded on some coast, Although where I could not tell you.   What I can tell you is that we are content. […]

The Gift

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By Kairn Savage “Here, I want you to have this.” Ernie thrust the large, heavy box into my arms. It was the last thing I expected from him. Ernie had texted me ten minutes earlier, saying he’d be stopping by my apartment with something for me. Honestly, I was bewildered to hear from him. This […]

Step Nine

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By Nathan Perrin, Step 8: Made a list of persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. — Jessica pauses in front of her apartment building and catches her breath. […]

The Tea Leaves   

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By Mitzi Dorton The girls I knew in my high school fed off me like a tick. If they saw me with a cute guy, they sauntered up and tried to use me, while professing our friendship. The next thing I knew they would be off on a date with him. The same thing happened […]


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By Charlotte Gutzmer, The needle sinks into the mounting board hot and precise as a bullet. I am slow and gentle when I fix the wing down with glass sheets. It is a deliberate thing, pinning an insect—one summer night you called it an obsession, but I think it’s part faith, part practice. This is […]

Harriet and the Sparrow

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By Jennifer Frost Rain fell on the roof of the cottage where Harriet lived with her parents. She sat at the window while they bickered in the kitchen. “Thin soup again,” said Father. “Earn more; we’ll eat better.” “A good wife makes the smallest sum suffice, stupid woman.” The rain on the roof said, “Harriet, […]



By Thomas Penn Johnson, Douglas Park was just at the bottom of The Big Hill at the West end of the block where Butch lived, so it was by no means an unusual or out-of-the-way place for a rendezvous with his next door neighbor and best friend Buzzy. But he was puzzled by the clandestine […]

Dangers of Ice Fishing

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By Emily Weedon, It was that time of day in winter when the sky turned pulsing royal blue in the oblongs of her kitchen windows. The tungsten bulbs in the overhead lamp over the melamine table were garish against the twilight. Steam from the pot on the stove was beginning to form thick condensation on […]