Table of Contents

Summer 2008

From The Editor

Letter from Sandra Ruttan

Short Stories

Amra Pajalic

The Game

The Old Man

The Vow

The Other Shoe

Patrick Shawn Bagley

Bank Job

John McFetridge


Russel D. McLean

Her Cheating Heart

Steve Mosby


Grant McKenzie

Out Of Order

Patricia Abbott



Damien Seaman

Love In Vain

Ugly Duckling

Steve Allan

Hump The Stump

Stumpy's Revenge

You and Me and Stumpy Makes Three

Stephen D. Rogers

Head Shot

Richard Cooper

Simmer Time

Sandra Seamans


Allan Guthrie


Brian Lindenmuth


Tony Black

London Calling

Brian McGilloway

Spoonfull of Sugar


Damien Seaman with Tony Black

Reviews by:

Sandra Ruttan

Savage Night

The Cold Spot

Brian Lindenmuth


The Crimes of Dr. Watson

Half the Blood of Brooklyn

Crimson Orgy

Mad Dogs

The Resurrectionist

Sharp Teeth


Black Man


Hip Flask: Concrete Jungle


At the City's Edge


Small Favor


Book Excerpts

Toros & Torsos
by Craig McDonald

Paying For It
by Tony Black

Dirty Sweeet
by John McFetridge


The Graveyard Shift: blog by Lee Ofland

Gun by Brian Lindenmuth

I'm tired

Tired of laying here in this box

Feeling so fucking useless

But I steel myself

Because I am strong

You keep me here in this upper right prison

With that old drunk Tennessee Jack as my cellmate

Trying to pretend that I'm not here

You think I'm asleep when you caress my curves late at night

While giving Jack his nightly pardon

But I'm not

I never sleep

My siren song will never end

And will only get louder

When that bitch cheated on you

I went over there with you

And took care of business

I helped you

And this is how you treat me

My singular eye sights through ANY problem
So let me help you again

With my firm grip at the small of your back

I lead this little dance

Not you

You are weak

I am your strength

You don't have to carry your burden any longer

Let me relieve the noise in your head

And the pounding of your heart

Put Jack down
He can't help you any longer

My shot is better then his

There you go

Pick me up one final time

Let me look up at you

Dead on

My final steel kiss

Will take your breath away

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