short story

  • Janus

    “Well, that wasn’t too bad,” David West muttered as he put the car in gear and pulled out onto the high seacoast road. He was speaking, more or less, to his wife, Vivian, beside him, concerning the ease with which they had just passed the Ventimiglia...

  • Light Pollution

    I have been staring out the window at a blur of wildflowers, and this is the first sentence to leave my mouth in 45 minutes.

  • “Dr. Morton’s Folly”

    The term “living legend” gets tossed around without qualification all the time, but we think that the 83-year-old genius who literally wrote the horror classic titled I Am Legend has more than earned it.

  • “Lost Limbs”

    Most people know Arthur Bradford as the creator of How’s Your News?, a documentary series that has been featured on HBO and MTV.

  • “The Faecalosaurus”

    John Moore’s first brush with notoriety came at a tender age as a drummer for the Jesus and Mary Chain. The story he contributed to this issue is all about fecal matter, and it has made his mother extremely proud.

  • “Fathers and Snakes”

    Clancy Martin used to make a living as a jewelry salesman. Now he is a translator of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard and an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri.

  • Rhinestone Tiger

    I don't get expensive hair cuts anymore. But that isn't through lack of vanity. I once spent two-thirds of my monthly pay packet on a long coat that suited neither winter nor summer.

  • The Defender of Snakes

    I thought of her as the defender of snakes. She was a German woman with shaggy, sandy blond hair. The first time I saw her, she was sitting with a group of paragliders at the Friends coffee shop.

  • Stille Nacht

    Blake is one of the most observant, meticulous authors we know, and he specializes in writing biographies of other writers—a very tricky thing to do well.

  • The Field

    A master of the short story, Beattie first gained recognition with Chilly Scenes of Winter and Distortions. She scathingly shredded on yuppies way before the rest of America blamed them for everything.

  • The Complexities of the Human Sitcom

    Gus Visco is a Bronx-based writer. He is currently working on a historical fiction novel about the Soviet Union’s failed attempts to control the arctic psychics of Novaya Zemlya.

  • Candy-Coated

    CM3 (as he likes to be called, which is kind of dumb) is one of the top “weirdos” in the “bizarro” fiction “world.”