The They Come Out at Night Issue
Jail Is Where You Don't Want to Be
Clancy Martin reflects on his seven times behind bars, from Dallas to Kansas City.
The Fiction Issue 2015
A Short Story About Drinking, Flying, and Narrow Escapes
'The Air Marshal,' by Clancy Martin
The Dirty Laundry Issue
How I Became Karate-Dad
I'm 47 years old now, and lately I've been waking to an urge that was a daily part of my psychological life in my teens and 20s: the desire to improve myself.
Dangerous Unhappy Things: A True Ghost Story
I should make it clear that I have a lot of experience with ghosts. I have been seeing them since I was a child, when a small yellow gnome crawled up my leg and told me the year I would die. He said I'd die of a heart attack in 2019. When I told my...
How to Buy Jewelry Like a Jeweler
For years I owned a chain of luxury jewelry stores in one of the wildest, most flamboyant, most duplicitous jewelry markets of them all: Dallas, Texas. With Valentine's Day coming up, I will tell you what sort of jewelry scams are popular throughout...
Three Gothic Tales from Austin, Texas
Amie and Clancy Martin went to Austin recently. While there, they were almost kicked out of a hipster hotel, ate delicious sushi, and accompanied a friend to get a tattoo. Here are three reviews from their trip, one from each of their adventures.
The Boys Of Summer (Ataris Version) Issue
Advice to a Young Man from an Old Man Twice Married
There’s a fire pit the men sit by at night in the Red Iguana, a restaurant on the edge of town in Copán, Honduras. They roast meat, smoke their cigars, and drink beer and Nicaraguan rum while the stars intensify and their wives put the...
The Fiction Issue 2010
I’m Worried About My Anxiety
I had lost my shoes; I had to leave immediately, my students were waiting; my assistant already had the exams in their hands; class started at 9:00 and, I saw on my alarm clock, it was 9:15, now 9:16.
The Catastrophes Issue
"Come on,” Teryn whispered. She had opened my window from the outside, and was on her hands and knees. I had fallen asleep with a book on my chest. “Hurry. If Mom and Dad catch you we’re both dead.”
The Fiction Issue 2009
“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.