“Schrödinger’s” — Interzone 274 (March/April 2018)

My story “Schrödinger’s” was published in the March/April 2018 issue of Interzone.

First Lines

A strip club doesn’t have to be female-unsettling, at least no more than anything else women go through like a step-dad with too-friendly hands, a boyfriend who calls you passable rather than pretty, or a mom who finds a way to get angry at every damn thing. That’s what Kandi and I told each other during those early days after we opened the club and started hauling in all that money.

 

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Interzone #274 has arrived with some great stories. Kandi and Jenn … Read more

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“Re-stitched” — Split Lip Magazine (January 2018)

My story “Re-stitched” was published in the January 2018 issue of Split Lip Magazine.

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It wasn’t Alicia’s catechism teacher, her mother, or even her sister who taught Alicia the truth about God’s grace and the redemptive power of skin robes. It was her stepfather, Larry McBride.

Alicia and her sister, Stephanie, sat side by side on the edge of Alicia’s bed in their matching flannel nightgowns. The clock on the wall read 1:36 am. Like most nights, Mom was working the late shift at the hospital.

Their stepfather stood less than a foot away. His eyes were … Read more

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“The Rocket Farmer” — Interzone 271 (July/August 2017)

My story “The Rocket Farmer” was published in the July/August 2017 issue of Interzone.

First Lines

Sarnai

I sit at my kitchen table and watch as my soon-to-be ex-husband, David, assembles cardboard boxes and labels each one in neat block letters. This is David’s third packing weekend and once again our daughter has made herself scarce; Sophie has no problem with late-at-night drunk mom or lonely stoned dad, but watching us sort through the flotsam of our former marriage—it’s too much.

“What’s up with those burn marks on the driveway?” David says. “I can setup the fire pit if … Read more

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