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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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

Losers - A trio of youths aspire to set up a gang, by Gordon H Sharp (2 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 Love Letter The Love Letter - A captivating and mysterious love letter consumes the heartbroken protagonist in this story by George Rolph (8 pages)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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