The Carnival Lights

(7 minute read) by William Falo (New Jersey) Ember hunted mice around the crooked tombstones as I watched from the pine trees, unable to let her go wild. I violated every rule of a wildlife rehabilitator, but I couldn’t let her go. I took care of her from a kit when a carnie found her running from a barn fire, and he named her Ember. I feared for her, since I saw a mounted fox at the local bar. Its empty …

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And in the end…

(9 minute read) by Whitney Reinhart (U.S.A) https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ZfhPjEzXhswxA3Ku7IXEP?si=eADLy2NsQYqWQuoqFmzCgA&dl_branch=1 Russell R. Russell spent his life preparing to survive the apocalypse. Orwell, Huxley, Kirkman and, occasionally, King and Koontz were his prophets. He studied, memorized their works, the way others studied the Bible or the Quran. He daydreamed about surviving the zombie hordes à la Rick Grimes …

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The Only Language She Didn’t Understand

(12 minute read) by Robert Kibble (U.K) https://open.spotify.com/episode/34Bpc7vMJedxfwPgYhtkEx?si=bFgVqG7LToacvIm-zBc-Bg I can still see her eyes.  So black.  So deep. The bouncer looks at me, seeing my short hair, my pale skin, my tailored suit, and he lets me in.  I look the part.  I don’t feel the part, though.  I have to stop shaking.  I feel …

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Jonah Wins the Game

(6 minute read) by Linda McMullen (U.S.A) Jonah – community college dropout and fourth-most-senior associate at the big-box store – slid three quarters into the vending machine.  He flashed through several possibilities:   He could get George a Coke.   Jonah’s derelict better angel supported this option.  George operated from a constant caffeine deficit due to his …

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