Story: Daniel Leach

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Monday You park, kill the engine, and stare at the brick façade, your hands stuck at ten and two, the car quiet as a tomb. It is time to go inside, and yet, you sit and stare, refusing to unfasten the seatbelt that is leaving a savagely deep wrinkle in your new shirt, refusing even … Continue reading

Story: Sharon Gosling

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Shibboleth The cherry blossom was out in full, fat pink-and-white candyfloss blooms that swung above their heads, too high to reach. It was a Tuesday evening, after bible study: the adults were inside, sharing tea and cake. The children, still in their meeting clothes, had been let outside to play. Ruth held a stick and … Continue reading

Story: Rebeka Singer

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About An Iguana Dad went on a road trip. Said he was headed south, destination Florida, so he could lie on the beach and just relax. He had been retired, (as he liked to put it), but just plain unemployed, for nearly ten years. He spent his days smoking pot, gambling at the casino, and … Continue reading

Excerpt: Michelle Bailat-Jones

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From Fog Island Mountains The day ticks along, morning has passed on into afternoon, and now we are moving closer to evening and somewhere out over the ocean the winds have started pressing the storm toward us, we can feel it if we pay attention, a thickening in the air, a smell of heavy rain, … Continue reading

Story: Thomas Kearnes

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A Failed Story About My Father It’s almost midnight and Canton is such a small-time, out-of-time shitkicker town, there’s only one store open close to the hotel. I trudge through the overgrown lawn bordering the hotel parking lot and make my way toward one of those stores that’s one-half gas station and one-half fast food … Continue reading

New Titles from Lit House Press

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Lit House Press is pleased to announce the release of two new titles: —Responsibility by Kelsie Hahn  and All These Cures by Kelly DuMar.                         Responsibility is Kelsie Hahn’s first published collection. Her fiction has appeared in Barrelhouse, The Southeast Review, Caketrain, NANO Fiction, … Continue reading

Story: Lise Quintana

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Shimmer He says ridiculous things. “We should accidentally pour gasoline on our wallets and light them on fire. Then I could write a poem or a song or something about it.” I ask him why he can’t just think about what it might be like and then write about that, but he goes on about … Continue reading

Story: Bill McStowe

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Idling The sun was close to disappearing behind the King Pines and a last bit of golden light stretched across the listless water of the pool. My wife and I snuck another margarita on the back deck as the kids got ready for bed. “I have an idea,” she said. “Let’s go to the beach … Continue reading

Wanted: Excerpts from Your New Book (or one you love)!

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Do you have a new book or chapbook out on an independent press? Do you have one forthcoming in the next three months? Then send it to us for consideration for this spot right here! Each Friday we excerpt new and forthcoming books from independent presses (and occasionally larger publishers) and we just can’t keep … Continue reading

Story: Shay Siegel

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Tonsillectomy There is a construction worker with a plastic yellow hat ordering six cups of water. He’s inches away from me. I want to ask if I can have one but I’m strapped down in a bed. I see a doctor with a blue shower cap on. No, I’m not strapped down, I just can’t … Continue reading

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