The Blue Bird (conclusion)

Short Stories The Blue Bird (conclusion)             She backed into the living room and picked up the TV remote. The news channel showed three women on lounge seating, two resting hands on books. One read aloud from hers. They were not personalities Gitana had ever seen. Someone had told them […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-three

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-three)             “The differences in burns could be explained by the explosive action of burning, of fire, on the muscles. Under this action, the most powerful are contracted, which puts the limbs in flexion; the weakest have been by force extended, and the […]

The Totem-Maker: Winter Alone (part one)

The Totem-Maker Chapter Five  Winter Alone (part one)                         I came by the outside steps, drew back the curtain from the door, saw in shuttered dark the sleeping porch, the quarters of Cime Decima’s slaves, and sniffed the air of it, by myself. Stol […]

Sequence: The Heron’s Foot (part five)

Sequence of Events Chapter Nine The Heron’s Foot (part five)           They chuckled together. Dix had his back to Oliver, preoccupied now with writing a note, reading it twice, jamming it in among a sheaf of notes that were tucked behind a fat electric cable clamped to the wall. Oliver said, […]

Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)

Yoharie Neighborhood Watch (conclusion)         “We’re raising kids. I get up every day and go to work. Jer, I mean.” She’d been going to work, saying this, his wife darting and grabbing, that shiny, shiny thing she did to her hair making it swing and hold together like liquid. He felt a […]

The Hothouse Rose: Twelfth Tattersby

    The Folly Tattersby     The Hothouse Rose   ‘You’ll have to get rid of that woman’ Her voice rings oddly clear, a piercing ray of sun snowcaps Mrs. Kentworthy’s hair His housekeeper meets his eye; a glance up from her cleaning kit And withering glare, that says indeed, keeping fealty with the […]

My Blog Week: Feb 3 to Feb 9

All the Latest from Torsade!                             The week began with “The Blue Bird”, Gitana finding her impatience anticipated, a mimicry of normality creeping back; in Tuesday’s Sequence of Events, Van Nest evaluates Curtis Boardman, and Phillip learns Oliver’s price. On Wednesday, the […]

Appassionata: Hammersmith (thirty-five)

Hammersmith Thirty-Five Appassionata           Back from his tacit errand (ixnay on the taking of Reverend Sandy), Chilly had been for a while in whispering confab with Zetland. “Got to be very, very cautious. Coat buttons. Lace-up boots…got them metal grommets. Wedding ring…” Aimee and Chilly, who’d inched to her with exemplary […]

And Crying (poem)

    And Crying   They wanted to tell the saddest of stories That needed its ending quickened and dashed Dear hope It needed a lapse A single star A nightfall to recuse itself from mustness Just light to mark the weathering of an instant Mercury slow its downslide soon to plummet A face with […]

La Catastrophe de la Martinique: forty-two

Jean Hess La Catastrophe de la Martinique (forty-two)                  Warning! Today’s Catastrophe contains a graphic photo that may disturb some readers.           XXYII Interview with Doctor Lherminier   The wounded and their care. Their burns. The state of the corpses in the ruins. Macabre […]