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Cauld Enough Tae Freeze Yer Baws Aff - A rant in Scottish dialect about a late-night encounter with a sleepwalker, by Jimmy Wilde (1 page)

A Daughter Remembers - Brenda Powell's memento mori for her mother (1 page)

Easter Sunday - Robert Copple's surreal flash about a shocking Easter Sunday (1 page)

The Lady By The Pond - Robert Copple's account of a young boy's first sexual stirrings (1 page)

Adam's Family - Mike Florian's amusing story about a boy who takes an interest in taxidermy (2 pages)

Adenburrow - A surreal sexy short story, beat-style, by Morgan Haynes (2 pages)

The Alien Encounter - This very short story was written by Kirby Belle, a budding author who is only eleven years old (2 pages)

Allahu Akbar! - Bick Parker's cautionary flash fiction about four Islamic men on a mission to communicate their message, whatever the cost (2 pages)

Anticlimax - Craig Erlick's dystopian incarceration nightmare (2 pages)

An Arabian Christmas Tale - Rory Allen's character picks up Arabian hitchhikers and reflects with them on cultural differences (2 pages)

Bees (The Rumor) - Bees portend a dangerous rumour, by Robert Copple (2 pages)

The Bishop's Claw - Stella Abbott's description of what happened when Bishop Jones looked after a friend's cat (2 pages)

A Black Limousine, a Tangelo Tree, and a Naked Woman - John Andrew Durler's dreamlike short in which a most unusual guest drops by (2 pages)

Boarded Windows - Elad Nostaw's story of a friendship that overcame barriers, set in Louisiana (2 pages)

Bug Infestation - Ian Duncan Smith's powerfully understated glimpse into the loneliness of Christmas (2 pages)

Companion - Noah Ruderman's nostalgic recollection of lost love (2 pages)

Daughter Of Phorcys - David Goldstein takes a deeper look into the personal consequences for a character of an ancient Greek myth (2 pages)

A Daughter's Revenge - A macabre story about a betrayal between friends so close they could be the same person, by Jenene Fears (2 pages)

Dead Soldiers - Nora finds some incriminating evidence in her bedroom, and wonders how to face her family, in this short story by John Tompkins (2 pages)

Francesco - Julie Bosma's account of the life and death of a most unusual pet (2 pages)

Free. For the Moment. - A brief emotional narrative by Emma Spires about the significance of a particular visit to the beach (2 pages)

The Gift - A rich benefactor wants to leave his legacy carved into stone, by Gary Alexander (2 pages)

The Giving Gift - Brian Joseph's moral tale about the joy of giving (2 pages)

The Good Die Young? - John Sims' character finds himself falling asleep at the wheel and stops to get some rest, but he doesn't get what he expects (2 pages)

Granny - Juliet Aharoni's very short story about a Jewish granny's unusual interpretation of being cruel to be kind (2 pages)

The Great Wall - A man must explore the corridors of his psyche to recover from his illness, by Elad Nostaw (2 pages)

He Will Never Leave You - Sharon Niese's bitesize glimpse into the faith of a woman undergoing a mastectomy (2 pages)

Hero - Doc Byron's creepy vignette about an obese boy's enraged reaction to a new fat kid on the block (2 pages)

A Home for Sara - A couple struggle to come to terms with the saddest loss of them all, by Robin Marie Grove (2 pages)

Hope Reborn Amidst the Rubble in an African Village - Rev P E Adotey Addo finds the deeper meaning of Christmas in the face of despair (2 pages)

The House on the Hill - Topali's story about the life of a grand house that grows and warps in sympathy with the people that inhabit it (2 pages)

The Istanbul Incident - Two sailors take shore leave in 1960s Istanbul, by Robert Copple (2 pages)

It Was All Over Now And I Was Done - A drive-by shooting gives this man a whole new perspective, by Elton Kelly (2 pages)

Less Than A Bump and A Grind - Delaine Wiszniak's humorous short about a woman with high expectations for her latest sexual conquest (2 pages)

The Listener - Phillip comes to terms with his strange talent in this story by Helen Gill (2 pages)

Losers - A trio of youths aspire to set up a gang, by Gordon H Sharp (2 pages)

The Man Who Grew Slowly - A parable with a rather blunt ending about a computer geek, by Sue DeNimm (2 pages)

A Normal Day - Silene De La Paz's character looks back on what went wrong in her life (2 pages)

Numbers! - Frightened Freddie gets dragged into the police station worrying about his fate; by Gordon H Sharp (2 pages)

October 1st - The smell of coffee signals that something is very wrong in this story by Emma Spires (2 pages)

Prayer Story for Tibet - A great black bird leads a spiritual call for Tibet in this tale by Sheri R. Watson (2 pages)

Purple Heart Fatigue - A wounded Iraq veteran muses on his predicament, by Reid Laurence (2 pages)

Root Entry - The intense aftermath of a rape, written by Terry Cummings (2 pages)

The Snake - Rory Allen's traveller has a spiritual epiphany when he sees a snake on an Arabian shore (2 pages)

Tough Teacher - Reid Laurence's anecdote about a teacher with extremely high expectations (2 pages)

Twenty-Four Hours of Perfection - Brandon Howarth's vision of a perfect relationship (2 pages)

Witch! - A woman accused of being a witch is hunted down, by May Livere (2 pages)

Almost a Murder Story - Edward McWhinney's atmospheric tale of Irish schoolboys plotting revenge against a bully (3 pages)

The Bastard The Bastard - An adolescent boy wakes up to find that his family will never be the same again in this thoughtful piece by Adrian Kalil (3 pages)

Charles Trenet's La Mer - Cleveland W. Gibson's character desperately seeks solace after a tragic loss (3 pages)

Charlie's New Suit - Stella tries to pin Charlie down for just long enough to get him suited up before his big Coke pitch in this comedy by Paul Silverman (3 pages)

Chocolate, Coffee and Tears - Gemma Amor's narrative about a simple father who treasures the time he spends with his daughter, fearing that she will not forgive him for his mistakes - before it's too late (3 pages)

The Christmas Dog - Richard Smith's account of a father and son's final reconciliation (3 pages)

Cul de Sac - A sad house gets emptied by a man and his dog in this atmospheric story by Damien Patton (3 pages)

The Cull - Christine Kelem's story from the point of view of a herd member in a battery farm (3 pages)

The Daughter-in-Law - Mrs Macdonald's dislike of her future daughter-in-law gets out of hand; by Julie Bosma (3 pages)

A Day at the Office - A jaded man chases memories of a love long since faded, by Rebecca Billings (3 pages)

A Day in the Life - Life sucks for Reid Laurence (3 pages)

Death Will Follow - A horror authoress has to face the demons she brought upon her fans and herself, by Marissa Anne Huth (3 pages)

The Encounter - Tim teases his wife for bringing home strays, by Gary Beck (3 pages)

The Fast Track - Reid Laurence's typically quirky take on the quality of medical education (3 pages)

The Fortune Cookie's Prophecy - Superstitious Shashi woefully underestimates a fortune cookie's warning; by Kevin Johl (3 pages)

The Garden of Remembrance Garden of Remembrance - An unkempt patch of garden holds deathly secrets; by Tom Leddy (3 pages)

High Beliefs - A pair of scientists discover something humbling while researching the lifestyle of a primitive jungle tribe, by Daniel Walton (3 pages)

Home Sweet Home - Another emotional trip through a saddened mind by Sharon Niese (3 pages)

Horace - Thomas Baines recounts an old man's path to contentment (3 pages)

Hunter Hunter - An injured wild mouse elicits a traumatic decision, by Krishan Coupland (3 pages)

I Am Lucky - A story told from the point of view of a young racehorse in training, by Don Fraser (3 pages)

In Hour of Death - A great writer on the verge of death looks back philosophically on his life, by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan (3 pages)

An Interrupted Journey Home - An idyllic family outing is interrupted by a gruesome encounter, by Andy Szpuk (3 pages)

Joan - Fred Weightwatch's indignant reaction to a bad review of a BBC Radio 3 play, by Thomas Baines (3 pages)

It's Just the Sun Rising - A determined artist does not let life get in the way of remembering his dad, by James Ross (3 pages)

Jerusalem - Ed Bruce's charming account of a man wrapped up in the tribulations of alcoholism (3 pages)

Jessie's Mountain - Jessie overcomes her Pa's neglect to raise her siblings in Tennessee, by Marie Burrack (3 pages)

A Job - Stern takes a babysitting job to support himself while writing, by M. Blake (3 pages)

The Juvenile - A preppie goes to San Francisco and finds a stereotypical frat-fest, by Ian Ross (3 pages)

A Lie - The Ultimate Marriage - Patrick Dent compares the commitment of marriage to the commitment of sustaining a particularly big lie - both of which come with all sorts of trouble (3 pages)

A Little Unfinished Monkey Business - What would happen if infinite monkeys at infinite typewriters happened to produce literature first and gibberish later instead of the other way around? by Gary Azerier (3 pages)

Luck - Tyler has a disastrous day, but how long will his luck hold out? By Andrew Ashe (3 pages)

McKee's - Peter O'Donnell reminisces about meeting his Irish love, by June M. Castle (3 pages)

Monster - Jessica has to contend with some ugly monsters in Kate Woods' vignette (3 pages)

Mort of Magic - Gary Alexander's pleasantly sentimental flashback about the narrator's friendship with a bumbling magician in New York City (3 pages)

Murder in Broad Daylight - Okoro shows Joyce the true nature of their beautiful fatherland Nigeria, by Wingate Emmanuel Onyedi (3 pages)

The Partisan - A dying soldier journeys into the afterlife, by Rory Allen (3 pages)

Peggie Peggie - Robert Levin's hilarious and sympathetic account of one of the heftier conquests in his mission to sleep with every type of woman in the world (3 pages)

Puppet Theatre - Pamela Gates' haunting horror about a gypsy puppet theatre (3 pages)

Rations - John Arthur Pegg's quirky episode about a fat man stranded in the desert (3 pages)

Receiver - An old lady reminisces about past theivery, and this time she has met her match; by Ed Bruce (3 pages)

Sarah and the Cat - Sarah makes a new feline friend - an ally to help her cope with her alcoholic mother, by Silvia J. Millward (3 pages)

Soda - Billy has to choose between Ella and Angie in this tense emotional vignette by James Ross (3 pages)

A Song for Miriam - A perspective on war through the eyes of a mentally handicapped child, by Rory Allen (3 pages)

The Sweet Smelling Skunk - Artie Knapp's children's tale about a gardening, singing skunk (3 pages)

Tears - Deb's mother leaves her a box of memories after her death, by Sharon Niese (3 pages)

The Thief - Jesse Clifford's narrative of the woeful fortune of a man living at the turn of the last century (3 pages)

Too Many Words - Michael Kilday's sad tale of a woman who is woken up by a night-time phone call from her husband (3 pages)

Turnpike Nick - A bitter caddy rages his way through a loop of golf, by Michael Eberhardt (3 pages)

The Twin Search - A surreal existential fable by Irving Bronsky (3 pages)

Twists and Turns - Alex's parents leave Africa for the first time to attend his wedding, but there are some things he hasn't told them; by Kayode Raphael Adegboye (3 pages)

Untitled 2505 Untitled 2505 - Dan Gilbert's character leads a sheltered but happy life, until... (3 pages)

Vote for Who? Vote for Who? - Ellie introduces a new Frankensteinian presidential candidate to the family in this funny short by Reid Laurence (3 pages)

Where's Muriel? - Mr Humphrey Wentworth's wife has gone missing, and he fears the worst, by P S Gifford (3 pages)

Aisling - David A Donovan's emotive story about a traveller returning to his long-empty home (4 pages)

Angela's Adventure - Dan Leydon's glimpse into the mind of a four-year-old girl searching for her imaginary friend (4 pages)

Angel at the Automat - Brian Joseph's character reminisces about how his unusual hobby led to meeting his true love (4 pages)

Annie's Answer - Paddy Murphy tries to persuade his mother to go into a nursing home, but nothing he can do will convince her, by Tom Leddy (4 pages)

Apologize, Apologize - David Fraser's scarred, penitent character relives past cruelties committed by him and his father (4 pages)

The Author - An underachieving author revisits the lone copy of his published book at his local library, only to find that it has gone missing; by Robert Levin (4 pages)

Bhai Sehna Bhai Sehna - Bhai Sehna recalls his days healing the wounded in a war against the invaders of his once idyllic homeland, by Durlabh Singh (4 pages)

Clockwork - A man ruled by strict timekeeping wakes up to find his sleepy village deserted, by Alex Baratta (4 pages)

Cruncher - Helga has a job review and her son's arraignment for manslaughter coming up, and Lila and Michael are worried about her; by Paul Silverman (4 pages)

A Dead Man - A pair of sisters find a dead man with a familiar face by the riverbank, by Catherine Woods (4 pages)

Desensitised Desensitised - Chris Gaskin's philosophical confession of evil, expressed with such rage and disillusionment it is frighteningly believable (4 pages)

The Desert - A desert disaster with a morbid twist, by Reuven Hayat (4 pages)

Drackon Ridge - This sleepy Australian backwater will never know what hit it... by Warren Roff-Marsh (4 pages)

The Eyes - The eyes have it in this off-the-wall take on the danger of listening to the little voices in your head, by Tarrie Murray (4 pages)

Fish Hell - Paul Silverman's account of a Cape Cod dinner party, largely from the perspective of the main dish (4 pages)

Fixer - Sophie copes with her partner's sudden mysterious disappearance and an irritating Porsche driver, by Ed Bruce (4 pages)

God and the Devil Play Chess for the Soul of a Dead Catholic - Michael Kilday's title says it all (4 pages)

Growing Pains - Two young men try to come to terms with social and political issues in the Kennedy years, by Gary Beck (4 pages)

Hearts and Darts Hearts and Darts - Dod plays games of the heart in the Scottish glens, by Eddie Bruce (4 pages)

The Haunted Author - Durlabh Singh's author manages to overcome writer's block, but then faces a battle of wits with his character (4 pages)

I Wanted To Be Invisible - Robert Levin's character explores his motivations for sexually interfering with a dog called Maureen in this coarse comedy (4 pages)

Just One Night... - A successful businesswoman has an unexpected encounter with her past, in the shape of a grubby dwarf, by May Livere (4 pages)

Leonora the Great - Paul Silverman's tantalisingly quirky tale of a chef with fattening fantasies (4 pages)

Life's a Bitch - A badly behaved puppy rubs salt into the wounds left by Jo's separation from philandering George, by Moira McDermott (4 pages)

The Lift - A claustrophobe's promotion comes with a severe downside when he has to take the lift every day, by Adrian Kane (4 pages)

Looking Back From The Hill - An African Reverend revisits his homeland and finds many changes, by Rev P E Adotey Addo (4 pages)

Lost Doghood - Dogs meet to plot a rebellion and free themselves of their dependance on vile humans, by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan (4 pages)

The Man who was a Donkey - A Pakistani child experiences an unsettling revelation about caste society, by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan (4 pages)

My Good Old Paradise My Good Old Paradise - Franklin Shadrach Uchenna's character goes to the Nigerian countryside to rediscover a childhood paradise (4 pages)

The Official Secrets Act - Thomas Baines just can't help boasting about his secrets in this irreverent comedy (4 pages)

Peaceful Protest... Peaceful Protest... - Willie Cross' charming story starts with Calderburgh's Young Communist League scrounging 7/6 for petrol to attend a Ban the Bomb march... (4 pages)

Platinum Premium Service & Support Policy - A hilarious anecdote of an old gentleman's tussle with technology, by Bill Monks (4 pages)

The Pragmatic Boffin - Matthew Langford's funny cautionary tale about the power of words (4 pages)

The Prophet - Rory Allen's cross-cultural pilgrimage to the tomb of the prophet Job (4 pages)

The Race in Cameria - A tragic parable set in a fantasy town, by David Tyson Smith (4 pages)

Return to Zendar - An alien embarks on a doomed mission to copulate with a member of the human race, and unwittingly discovers Elvis instead, by David Goldstein (4 pages)

Sisohpromatem - Reid Laurence revisits a Kafka classic (4 pages)

Slaughterhouse Gray - Susynn Jane's story about a child coming to terms with her uncle's grisly job (4 pages)

Strong Spirits - A white boy drinks with his spirit-brewing mentor, overlooking the tropical jungle; by Chris Speck (4 pages)

A Sudden Stillness - An old couple find their unusual sort of peace disturbed when strike action grounds the Third Avenue El, by Harry Buschman (4 pages)

Survivors? - Castways weather a nasty storm, by Gordon H Sharp (4 pages)

Sutra Muni - An island-dwelling peasant's life changes when he inspired by Buddhism; by Durlabh Singh (4 pages)

Sweetie Lou Sweetie Lou - Ericka Pate's character recounts - with considerable flair - her posthumous reconciliation with her mother (4 pages)

That Which Is Without Words - Marissa reminisces and remembers a lost childhood gift for heightened empathy, by Brian Joseph (4 pages)

Thirsty Thirsty - Isaac's dreams of mining silver are distracted by the appearance of a heat-crazed dog, by Paul Silverman (4 pages)

Untitled 1 - Esther Mukabi's stream of consciousness from an author with writer's block (4 pages)

Useless - Caje, incapacitated after a road accident, weighs up the pros and cons of working for a senior politician, by Uche Umezurike (4 pages)

Wasted - Detective Inspector Bextor investigates the death of a young woman, and he can't help thinking about his wife; by Jo Morgan (4 pages)

What the Government Won't Tell You - SETI scientists intercept a controversial message, by Reid Laurence (4 pages)

Workings Out in a Smalltown - Dave Witty's character hits the gym hard to try and block out ominous smalltown gossip (4 pages)

The Wrong Answer - Fourteen-year old Molly is desperate to find an answer to deal with her abusive, drug-addled mother; by Michael Eberhardt (4 pages)

Yellow Roses For Aphrodite - A woman mourns her lost lover, appealing to the preternatural power of the sea for respite, by R. S. Pyne (4 pages)

The Baby - Alex Baratta's rebellious character reflects on the cyclical nature of life (5 pages)

A Bullet for the Nation - A super-spy receives an assassination mission that conflicts with his conscience, by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (5 pages)

Cat Eyes Screen - The Internet is more than meets the eye... by David K. Smith (5 pages)

Dead Souls - John Lennon provides the soundtrack for the characters' lives in Rory Allen's grisly war nightmare (5 pages)

Death and Prosperity - A delusional woman is being tickled to death by her Buddy in this dark tale by Vinie Brooks (5 pages)

A Decision - M. Blake's glimpse into the life of a down-and-out writer struggling with alcoholism (5 pages)

Diagonal - Edward McWhinney's stream of consciousness about a student exploring Barcelona (5 pages)

Dirty Water - Aaron James Shaw's horror about a five-year old child trapped between two monsters (5 pages)

From Out of the Sky - An uncomplicated castaway romance by Verne Morse (5 pages)

Full Service - Jeff Hogan gets offered a ticket to ride out of his langorous Kentucky hometown, by G. David Schwartz (5 pages)

Gladiator Gladiator - Philippine children bet on gladiatoral battles between spiders, by Sigfredo R. Iñigo (5 pages)

Helpless Helpless - A very close and personal, though mysterious, friend picks apart the emotional state of the complex protagonist in this story by Emmy Smith (5 pages)

The Key - No amount of security can protect against the hazards of time travel; by Todd A. Burnett (5 pages)

Last Refuge - A lost man returns home to Pakistan and reflects on the disappointing lack of progress in his village, by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan (5 pages)

The Last Weekend - Paco explains in his broken English the fiasco that led him to be distracted from his schoolwork, by Krystyna Smallman (5 pages)

The Lebensborn Legacy - Detective Sergeant Joe Tanner investigates a murder mystery and finds links to Nazi eugenics experiments, by Michael Acton (5 pages)

The Masquerade - G David Schwartz's sketch about a truculent Jewish husband who complains bitterly about having to attend a party (5 pages)

Moving On - A man tries to come to terms with the disaster he has spent years running away from, by Andrew Porterfield (5 pages)

A Night Out - Dan Greenhalgh's comically grim vision of Europe in 2028 (5 pages)

Of Loyalty and Loneliness - A lonely Major drifts through a pleasant continental town, by Andy Peacock (5 pages)

Playing Games On The Gravy Train - Harry is hired to destabilise the political opposition, so he heads for the constituency's crèche, by George Rolph (5 pages)

The Raccoon - A lighthearted but affecting account of a stranger's bold admission to a humiliating secret, by Bill Monks (5 pages)

Recovery - Two lonely souls enjoy a chance encounter on Christmas Eve, by John Sims (5 pages)

Rewards Rewards - Mike Florian's salty sea story about a fisherman's biggest catch (5 pages)

The Shoot - Miles Hitchcock recounts episodes of a gritty recreation in the Australian bush (5 pages)

A Sculptor's Summer - Robert Chase devotes his life to his disturbing living-art sculptures, by Bick Parker (5 pages)

Street of Dreams - A Jewish family struggles to pursue hope during hard times in this atmospheric tale by Harry Buschman (5 pages)

The Tailor As Vishnu - Avanti Kumar's odd Indian fable about a tailor who poses as a god (5 pages)

Temptation - An extract from Lawrence L. Lapin's upcoming book Super Virus: Immortal Sins about a lecturer, Adam, who is testing an immortality virus on himself (5 pages)

The Tooth Fairy's Tale - The tooth fairy gossips some things about Santa and the Easter Bunny that the kids best not know; by Bob Simms (5 pages)

Under the Bridge - A reluctant visitor to Lagos gets an education in the ways of the street, by Uche Umezurike (5 pages)

Unheard Melody - A disillusioned writer learns a sad story about defeated ambition, by Muhammad Nasrullah Khan (5 pages)

Windfall - Derek "Del Boy" Walsh is about to have the poker game of his life, by Anthony R Mackie (5 pages)

Writer's Evening - A psychological story about a troubled writer by Lio Mangubat (5 pages)

Always the Bad Guy - Justin Satchel is fascinated by criminals, until he commits a transgression of his own, by James Harris (6 pages)

Before Sunrise - Muhammad Nasrullah Khan's tragic tale of a singer that captivates the hearts of her audience, set in Pakistan (6 pages)

Ben s Corner - Ramon Collins' sweet story about a bar and its patrons in smalltown America, deeply rooted in times past (6 pages)

A Better Deal - Roger spends time with his ex-wife, a woman who knows what she wants, by John Tompkins (6 pages)

Beyond the Wires - Miles Hitchcock's atmospheric tale of a halting car journey through the Australian outback that stumbles upon an Aboriginal mystery (6 pages)

The Black Eye The Black Eye - Sahar Sabati recounts a surprisingly intimate moment for a peripatetic journalist in a café (6 pages)

Carolyn's Quest Carolyn's Quest - Carolyn finds her aunt's village sinister, and it seems that she is not welcome, but she must complete her quest; by Lucy Thomas (6 pages)

The Death Bed - A rugged boxer visits his dying father, and both are as uncompromising as each other; by Andy Peacock (6 pages)

Dream Lover - Edward's uncle recalls a beautiful and elusive woman who taught him a valuable lesson about his Welsh homeland, by John Sims (6 pages)

An Experiment for the Future - A Finnish professor conducts a breakthrough cryogenics experiment and is tempted to go even further, by Shawn Strachan (6 pages)

Faith in Cats and Unseen Things Faith in Cats and Unseen Things - A young girl sneaks out of bed on Halloween night to watch her mother's annual attempt to summon Norma's ghost, by Susynn Jane (6 pages)

For the Soul of Edward Dean Hazlitt - An ageing author, who once worked magic with his books, is tempted to sell himself short by an unexpected acquaintance; by Harry Buschman (6 pages)

Good Vibrations - A non-humanoid alien race, who communicate by tapping into the resonant frequencies of their planet, react to a visit from the human race, by T.L. Cummings (6 pages)

Last Night Stand Sensational tabloid paranoia fuels the disturbed imagination of Michael Keenaghan's character in this hardcore piece (6 pages)

Magnolia - Henry Simmer looks for a drink and a ride through redneck country southern USA, by M. Blake (6 pages)

Memory for Two - A story about Artificial Intelligence and fish, by Steven L. Schiff. Remember: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts... (6 pages)

My Boogeyman - Alex Baratta's character relives her six-year-old encounter with her own personal boogeyman (6 pages)

The Nova - Kurt Kitasaki's humorous satire on executives in the automotive industry (6 pages)

A Period of Unemployment - Martin Green reflects on a transitional time of his life, long ago by the San Francisco bay (6 pages)

Plot - James Ross' well-crafted vignette about a gardener that does a job for his girlfriend's gay brother (6 pages)

PopcornPopcorn - A Kiwi construction site manager stylishly tackles the seemingly insurmountable task of building a cinema in record time, by Terry T. (6 pages)

Ragadug and the Pink Dragon Ragadug and the Pink Dragon - Megan Dowsett's utterly charming children's tale about a dancing pink dragon (6 pages)

The Rise and Decline of the Newlander System - Harry MacDonald's thinly veiled and amusingly opinionated history of US politics (6 pages)

San Juan De Ortega - A pair of pilgrims stop for the night in a small Spanish church and make an unusual friend, by Chris Speck (6 pages)

Self-Analysis - A disturbed young Indian man tells his story in an effort to analyse his unconventional behaviour, by Rattan Mann (6 pages)

Simon - Iain Watts' horror story about a boy with serious problems (6 pages)

Some Things Never Were - Ryan Ferrigan's story about a hockey player who is forced to rearrange his priorities (6 pages)

The Woodsman - Alan Braun keeps his taut forbidden emotions hidden just below the surface in this story by Adrian Kalil (6 pages)

The World Turned Upside Down - A stream of consciousness with Apocalyptic overtones about a London Underground carriage packed with party-goers returning home, by Jimmy Wilde (6 pages)

Buttercup - George Rolph's character changes his perspective after spending a day with a homeless man (7 pages)

Dearest Eliot - Set in 1939, Harry Buschman tells the tale of a ragged young activist consumed by war and love (7 pages)

Duel in the Sand Duel in the Sand - Dave Chapman arrives on the Queensland coast, determined to fulfil his purpose at any cost - but his strength of body and mind must be proved before the heart can be won, in this lighthearted tale by Gordon H Sharp (7 pages)

Dumb Shoe Dumb Shoe - Steve Fitzsimmons' brilliantly punny hardboiled P.I. spoof about the web of intrigue surrounding slug drugs (7 pages)

Fallen God Fallen God - Nate is forced to face his demons when he notices God lodged in his neighbours' chimney, by Damien Patton (7 pages)

I Love Chicken I Love Chicken - A wonderfully bizarre relationship develops after Kitty hits an oversize chicken with her car, by Andrew Edison (7 pages)

Jailbird - Two jailbirds dream of dodging death row, but there's something unusual about their prison, by Reid Laurence (7 pages)

Interactions Interactions - Chris Rooney's bittersweet tale of a postman's Friday morning ritual delivering packages to an old lady in a dying Newcastle street (7 pages)

Ladybird, Ladybird, Fly Away - Personal anecdotes from half a century of firefighting in Brooklyn, by Charles Francis Farrell (7 pages)

The Letter of the Law - Avril Croft fights against the love that turned against her in a dark and tragic way, by Steve Fitzsimmons (7 pages)

My Granny's - Edward McWhinney's character reflects as he observes the ragtag people that pass through his grandmother's life in this stream of consciousness (7 pages)

Old Heroes Never Die - Carter finds himself cast back to 1940, fighting for his life in a dramatic dogfight, by George Rolph (7 pages)

Parting Shot - Chris Evans nervously waits to take off for America to escape the turmoil caused in his narrow Welsh hometown after his mother Llinos walks out on his father Deiniol, by Ian James. (7 pages)

The Pool - Rachel Vickers hopes to swim for a gold at the 2012 Olympics, but her dreams are put at risk when she loses her pool and her coach - and things get worse from there; by Anthony R Mackie (7 pages)

Predictions to Live By - A prominent sports announcer is having a run of bad luck when he gets some assistance from an unlikely source, by Gary Grenier (7 pages)

Rap Battle Rap Battle - Mike Aronovitz's captivating glimpse into the life of a schoolteacher as two precocious students stake their reputations on a vicious lunchroom rap battle (7 pages)

Ring Finger - Richard and Gayna revisit an old haunt and their relationship reaches a terrifying breaking point, by James Harris (7 pages)

The Roots - Ron explores his long lost Indian roots after discovering his dead father's diaries, by Ravi Bedi (7 pages)

The Speech - A comrade of the Russian Revolution is invited to make an important speech in this satire by G David Schwartz (7 pages)

Tamerlane - A bibliophile stumbles upon an unexpected treasure, with hilarious consequences; by Mason Willey (7 pages)

To Paris With Love - A beautiful Russian lady witnesses a crime in Paris, and a French Inspector insists on looking after her, by Verne Morse (7 pages)

The Vampire & The Dentist - Count Omar Oloff has sampled the blood of too many people with sugary diets, and ends up with a toothache; by Jerry Crews (7 pages)

Waiting for Caradoc Waiting for Caradoc - A village is evacuated when the Romans attack in John Sims' charismatic dramatisation of ancient Celtic legend (7 pages)

The Backwards-Double-Twist-Somersault - Stanley is hired to fix a pool heater belonging to a strikingly odd ex-pro diver, and he hatches a devious plan, by James Harris (8 pages)

The Color of Autumn - A mysterious and entrancing lady holds a deep secret for Chris in this story by Adrian Kalil (8 pages)

Connecting Spaces - Inspired by nostalgic old photographic plates, Garner overcomes adversity to succeed as a journalist, by Christopher Rooney (8 pages)

The Cuckold - A man watches his wife and her lover in a Swiss café with mixed emotions, but all is not as it seems, by Alex Baratta (8 pages)

The Electric Dog - A Philip K. Dick style science fiction parody of normality, by S. Ronnoco (8 pages)

Gravity Keeps Holding Me Down - Jerry Crews' charming comedy about a poor kid's lifelong battle against gravity (8 pages)

Heads and Tails - An abused husband finds a way to help rescue his relationship with his wife, but the problem is worse than he thought, by George Rolph (8 pages)

His Turn - A hapless man goes to great lengths to get his turn with the office seductress, by Thomas Baines (8 pages)

Home on the Sierra Madre - Sigfredo R. Iñigo's fascinating story about a poor Filipino farmer boy and the land he comes to love; won first prize in the English short story category of the 59th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippines' most prestigious and longest running literary contest (8 pages)

Intrinsically Evil - Mike visits his father in prison and becomes nervous about whether his father's evil influence might extend beyond the prison walls, by Robin Hutton (8 pages)

The Ladies' Man - Colin's boss, Sidney, sets up a very awkward encounter with Colin's ex; by Thomas Baines (8 pages)

The Last Wish of Elliot Pomroy - A janitor and a farmer muse about what will be remembered of them after they die, by Alex Baratta (8 pages)

The Love Letter The Love Letter - A captivating and mysterious love letter consumes the heartbroken protagonist in this story by George Rolph (8 pages)

The Muse of Houston Street - Porter Backhouse, a once-renowned painter, searches for inspiration somewhere between Kaplan's Work Pants and Max's diner, in Harry Buschman's humorous and characterful story (8 pages)

Over Coffee, Monday Morning Over Coffee, Monday Morning - Jo Morgan's sensuous story about a woman reliving a passionate but flawed relationship one last time (8 pages)

Sarah Bishop - Ryan Mather, a promiscuous young student, meets his match in a woman who forces him to dig up more than just his past in this horror by M. Richard Smith (8 pages)

The Story - This macabre fantasy was written by two people, Tim Gordon and Paul Gibbinson, each adding alternate paragraphs (8 pages)

Tom Blake Tom Blake - Tim Verger's eloquent saga of an unfortunate vagrant child in an ancient century, and his modern incarnation (8 pages)

An Unfinished Husband - A family man feels there is something missing from his life, and he finds it is not what he expected, by Adrian Kalil (8 pages)

The Wedding Finger - An irreverent scene following two hired criminals on an unusual job, by Andy Peacock (8 pages)

Well-To-Do - A bleak 90's version of the American nuclear family, by Sam Sheffler (8 pages)

The Window Upstairs - Adrian Kalil's account of an intense emotional duel that culminates in an irreversible tragedy (8 pages)

Baseballs, Citrus Suckies, Stanley & Me - An aspiring baseball superstar is hounded by his nemesis, by FW Bosworth (9 pages)

Favorite Stories - A group of psychoanalysts tell each other their favourite stories at the Thursday Club, by G David Schwartz (9 pages)

Michelle - Michelle discovers the truth behind her special abilities in Kate Lynn-Devere's sci-fi fantasy (9 pages)

Reflections - Josh Ransom's traumatised mind slowly builds up to suicide, but is easily distracted, by Foster Trecost (9 pages)

Smoking the Opposition Smoking the Opposition - Robert Upton wants to become a high-flying advertising executive, but his interview turns out to be rather unconventional, by James Harris (9 pages)

A Sophisticated Lady - The very thing that elevated Maud to the status of a sophisticated lady threatens to be her downfall in Thomas Baines' tale of high etiquette (9 pages)

A Sprig of Rosemary - Carolyn A Lewis' appropriation of the Nordic story of Frithiof's Saga, about an irreconcilable love (9 pages)

Deadly Duty Deadly Duty - Two old African military friends debate their ideological differences, but a deadly coup is brewing that will force them to choose sides; by Henry Chukwuemeka Onyeama (10 pages)

And God Created Woman - John Sims' comic interpretation of life after Eden (10 pages)

Auto Da Fé Auto Da Fé - Sinister playground games prove to be a rite of passage for the characters in Rotimi Babatunde's African moral tale (10 pages)

Bad Bad - Gary Brooks' colourful descriptive comedy about the fallout after a party in a student house, full of character, flamboyant turns of phrase, and strong language (10 pages)

The Heart of Lucy - An English scientist at the turn of the twentieth century gives life to a flawed artificial human, by Loren Presley (10 pages)

The Last Page - A mysterious, apocalyptic curtain of fire traps a group of friends on a Californian peninsula, by J. E. Deegan (10 pages)

Mongoose Open Season - Aongus Murtagh writes of a woman who visits her drug-addled friend to persuade him to run away before trouble catches up with them (10 pages)

A Planned Retirement A Planned Retirement - Bill Monks' fascinating tale of a loveable rogue's plan to escape to a lifetime of wealth and happiness (10 pages)

A White House Farewell - Alex Taylor, a libidinous White House insider, plays power games with higher stakes than he realises; by William de Rham (10 pages)

Fighting Joe Diamond - An ageing Irish boxer in the Windy City confides in a luckless woman to reflect on his own identity, by Jesse Clifford (11 pages)

Gods & Buccaneers - Mrs Simmons and Mrs Bourke follow the life story of beautiful and vulnerable Diane Neal through a swathe of 21st century history; by Andrew Coburn (11 pages)

The Good Doctor - Doctor Franklin Guiles suspects foul play when a patient fails to heal, and he must find out why in this story by Adrian Kalil (11 pages)

In Birmingham - M. Blake's destitute drifter, Henry Simmer, makes a stop in the Bible Belt to earn his way onwards (11 pages)

Millwall Forever Millwall Forever - Young Tom Stanton's dream comes true when his father takes him to see the Lions play in Don Bone's enchanting story set in 1960's working class London (11 pages)

Strange Deeds Under A New Moon - A mystical legend encourages 1930's teenagers to do drastic things, with amazing results, by Jerry W. Crews (11 pages)

Untitled - A charismatic fantasy featuring mutant mercenary bikers, by Ulrich Burke (11 pages)

When Pacino's Hot, I'm Hot - A comedy about a wonderfully pathetic character with a talent for looking famous, by Robert Levin (11 pages)

A Woolf in Vita's Clothing - Two emotionally deadened misfits find themselves running away from everything except each other; by Andrew Coburn (11 pages)

Farm Life - The residents of a farm find out the terrible secret behind their idyllic lives, by Jerry W. Crews (12 pages)

There She Goes - An oddly told but compelling tale of a recovering alcoholic caught between two soul sisters, by Daniel H. Debelius, Jr (12 pages)

Gemma - Gemma remembers her past loves and losses when she wakes up next to a dead man and all her problems come to a head, by Andrew Coburn (13 pages)

The Perfect Orgasm - Irving Bronsky's alarmingly quirky account of what happens when a professor of sexology takes a baby girl with a penchant for masturbation under his wing (13 pages)

Songs from the Wood - A fictional essay about Tom Mills' obsessive quest to translate birdsong, by Chris Harris (13 pages)

Wild Dimensions Part One: Time for a Change - A bizzarely imaginative rollercoaster ride through Matthew Langford's twisted take on Earth's history and destiny (13 pages)

Borrowed Time - A mysterious conversation held on borrowed time heralds a scientific breakthrough, by D. J. Burnham (14 pages)

The Boxer's Lament The Boxer's Lament - Sarah tells the story of growing up in Maine with her ageing uncle, formerly one of the world's greatest boxers; by Ben Woestenburg (14 pages)

Just A Drink - Milton, a down-and-out alcoholic, accepts a smuggling mission that turns out to be more than he bargained for, by M. Blake (14 pages)

A Mess of Mondays - Delinquency, alcoholism, murder and injustice plague the lives of the Warren family, as told by Nelson Tucker (14 pages)

The Passing of Willie MonahanThe Passing of Willie Monahan Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 - A brilliant, lighthearted and touching story - full of character and warmth - about the untimely passing of an old friend, by Harry Buschman (15 pages)

Vietnam Notes - A dramatic account of Robert Flynn's harrowing experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War (15 pages)

Above Candles - Another imaginative and compelling story by David K. Smith. What happens when you try to uphold religion in our crazy modern world (16 pages)

Fig Leaf Fig Leaf - An encounter on a New England nudist beach sparks off an unorthodox relationship in Andrew Coburn's characterful work (16 pages)

The First Stone The First Stone - Isaac Attah Ogezi's damning account of hypocrisy and feminine oppression arising from the application of Sharia law in a fictional Nigerian state (16 pages)

Jump - A dramatic and tragic race to save the remnants of a troubled family, by M. Castelli (16 pages)

Mr. Ben's Syndrome - Echoes of A Clockwork Orange abound in Matthew Langford's brutal English yarn of coldblooded murder and calculated vendettas (16 pages)

The American - An Islamic fundamendalist plays his part in an epic plot to overthrow the USA, by Jim Bergstad (17 pages)

Haircut - A couple moves into a new town and Kinkade employs sinister tactics to find out who is making them feel unwelcome, by Richard D. Moore (17 pages)

RUSH RUSH - A remarkably original and imaginative future history of the legacy of the legendary Dr. Andrew Hemmings, as told by a student surfing the Full Fusion global thought network, by T.L. Cummings (17 pages)

Seed of Redemption Seed of Redemption - A slave finds himself blamed for a crime he did not commit, but even death does not rule out redemption, by Jerry Crews (18 pages)

Cat Eyes Scream - Long-awaited exclusive sequel to Cat Eyes Screen by David K. Smith (19 pages)

Carl - The birth of an unusual cat heralds a change in Reid Laurence's life (20 pages)

Waiting On You - Jordan Collins undertakes a romantic vigil in the local mall, by Jerry W. Crews (20 pages)

The Angel of the Window The Angel of the Window - Radiant angel Luxia and her faithful companion Corbett, a giant seagull, embark on a grand and dangerous Odyssey in Loren Presley's epic fantasy (21 pages)

The Outsider The Outsider - Angelica, an ambitious Nigerian girl, dreams of moving to the big city to be a fashion designer, but a more difficult path awaits her in Uche Umezurike's powerful saga (21 pages)

The Contest - Michael Castelli's pleasantly uncomplicated story about a radio contest in smalltown southern USA (22 pages)

Hidden Witches - Dorothy McFalls' tense fantasy about a woman whose nightmares take on physical form and challenge her to face her demons (24 pages)

A Feast of Peonies - Condo politics are tainted by festering corruption and racism in this graphic chapter by Obi (26 pages)

The Last Days of Eden - Subtle incongruities hint towards the true nature of Happy Valley and its overzealous guardian Jacob, in Alex Baratta's unhurried saga (30 pages)

Arnold Grey Trilogy: Part 1: Being in Love, Part 2: Getting Married and Part 3: Struggling On - The quiet romantic life of Arnold, a research analyst from California, by Martin Green (35 pages)

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