I sat tapping away at the keyboard. Messenger dinged. Initially, it looked like another random man attempting to message me about how hot they thought I was. Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash. Altered by Jennifer Brewer via Canva. The name sounded familiar though so I figured I should investigate. The mystery was solved, however,… Continue reading What in the World is a Pushcart Prize Nomination?
Living In The Dark I sit on a cot. Wrists shackled, they hang heavy, clamped to a chain which is attached to a wall made of damp, musty rock. I walk ten steps and it pulls tight. The scent of damp earth and excrement fills my nose with every breath. There is squeaking and scratching… Continue reading Trapped
A couple meets for a weekend getaway only to have it cut short. She opened the bright white door of room 111. Brown lattice hung behind the two queen-size beds striped in blood orange, pine green, and white. Claws from the feet of the end tables dug into the golden-brown shag carpet. A dark wooden… Continue reading Shifting Sand: Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2021
A tale of two thieves The mirror behind him, spotted and hazy, held the room of half empty tables, a few regulars, and deep shadows. Smoke danced through the dimly lit room. The bartender wiped down the bar, covered in nicks and dips. He poured drinks as he moved up the bar. An old Wurlitzer… Continue reading Stale Cigarettes
A husband receives a strange voicemail from his wife and rushes home to find something horrifying. Named One Of The Top Entries For XO Horror Series ***TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE AND GORE*** His cell phone buzzed on the hotel nightstand. A picture of his wife smiled back at him on the screen. A sigh escaped his… Continue reading Marionette