Literary Short Stories
The stories on this site have all appeared in literary magazines, good magazines like Sou'wester, The Crescent Review, The South Dakota Review, and others. They are copyrighted and may not be reprinted without the permission of the author. You may link to this site if you wish.
Ow, ow, ow! The crazies are hurting, all over the city they are hurting, dudes with strange wild eyes, women with safety pins sticking through their cheeks, old men with voices in their ears, unsavory old ladies just daring you to look at them. From whence come these people? The morning of the day in question, I'm on the Blue Line with my book bag and a low throbbing hangover, not at all happy with my life, my wife, my children, and my grandchildren. Come on! Who would give a 17 year old girl and her boyfriend tickets to Orlando, passes to Disneyworld, money enough to rent a hotel room for a week, and insist that this idea was perfectly okay, even swell? I'll tell you who. The girl's own grandmother, my wife, a woman known for getting her own way no matter what the conszequences. And why am I telling you this since it's not even part of the story? Just to show you the frame of mind I was in that morning.
Death and the Fisherman
published in the Rockhurst Review, 2004
had taken the bait had taken it straight up, taken it in a single
rush that bent the rod double and set the reel screeching and this
at last, it could not possibly be a carp unless there were a carp
large enough to swallow a nine inch sucker and if there were such a
in this world he would be very very glad to see it.