I learned how to cut through zip ties, pick locks, and lived through a fake kidnapping—all in the name of girding myself for the lawless world to come.
Zdravko Donev, a contractor from Bourgas, Bulgaria, woke up to discover seven pickaxes stuck in his Audi. The incident was the first recorded case of a trend now sweeping the nation: People puncturing cars with heavy-duty hardware.
Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, has become known as the “murder capital of the world” thanks to the seemingly endless string of drug-cartel-related killings, and the law-abiding portion of the population is ready to try almost anything to stop the violence.
It took a while for the Canadian literary establishment to accept Lynn Coady—her unpleasant gritty realism and fucked-up sex scenes didn’t go down too easily with the silk-stocking crowd. We’re honored to feature her new short story “Season Finale” in...