Entries by Shawna Rowan

Family Fetish

by Pauline Yates I resisted the urge for years, hoping the curse had skipped a generation and I’d be spared the gruesome reality that I was indeed the spawn of my father. He disgusts me with his morbid eating habits while I’m spooning down ordinary cereal. But today is different. Today I yearn to dip […]

Reap

In a world dying due to toxins in the air, water, and soil, no babies have been naturally conceived in years.

Growing Friendship

By Suzanne Link Patrice’s tiny hands smack the earth with finality. “How’s that, Mama?” “Perfect.” My heart bursts with motherly joy. Farming runs in our veins, and Patrice is a natural. “Time to feed ’em!” Patrice thrusts out her palm. I drag my blade across her thumb. She doesn’t even flinch as blood drips onto […]

Family Rituals

by Yvonne Lang I cried when Grandmother strangled the baby. I sobbed when I had to cook and season its body. Grandmother insisted it was an essential part of my witch education. The baby potion would keep Grandmother from aging. My pleas for them to take my sister’s boy fell on deaf ears; my son […]

Blended Family

by Scott O’Neill I awaken to paralysis. Blinding lights. Hospital smells. I vaguely recall feeling dizzy at Mom’s wedding reception. “You’re conscious.” My new stepfather glides into view, wearing blood-spattered scrubs and a lunatic grin. “Observe.” He tilts my head right. I see my new stepbrother, Caleb, unconscious on a gurney. Gleaming surgical staples circumscribe […]

Served

by Penny Durham The king greeted us more like old friends than envoys from his enemy. “You are weary! Rest. Tomorrow we’ll talk.” Rada turned her blue eyes on me as we parted, led to our separate quarters, where fire and wine waited. I slept too long. Rising in panic, I was taken to the […]

Bone Music

by Don Money The humidity of the Arkansas summer drenched Dr Parnum as he hiked down alone into the isolated valley. The tall cairn of rocks marking the entrance to the valley matched the description in the Quapaw stories he’d studied. Ten years of research finally led him to the location of the legend of […]

Coochie Coo

by Patrick Campbell “What a cutie-pie,” said the lady from the flat below, squeezing their newborn’s adorable thigh rolls. “I could just eat him up.” They became friendly with her. After eight months of being held hostage by their bundle of joy, they desperately needed an evening out and asked her to babysit. She was […]

Ask and You Shall Receive

by Nerisha Kemraj A loud rumble shakes Noah awake. Third day without food, he wouldn’t last another night. He crawls on the floor, weak arms struggling to hold his sign, even though the rush of feet threatens to trample him. A sudden boom erupts… He watches as the pedestrian collides with the speeding train. Within […]

Final Comfort

by Jeff Currier Desperate for food, Basil and Chloe risked an already looted grocery. A scavenger band ambushed them. Consciousness fading, Chloe never expected to reawaken. *** The leader’s matronly voice penetrated Chloe’s resurrecting awareness. “Your husband claims you’re a doctor.” Chloe nodded, though the Collapse had cut medical school short. The woman proffered a […]