Category: Short story
Fiction about diners

Sunday Brunch at the Olympic Diner, by Paul Beckman

Sunday’s line for breakfast at the Olympic Diner was a block and a half long instead of the usual block. We got a booth and that made my wife and kids happy.  The kids talked about the chocolate chunk pancakes, Elaine sang, “French toast, French toast, French toast” over and over again and I acted […]

Short fiction by Tim Hanson

When You Were Young, by Tim Hanson

            Night came as it always did, with the stench of bad breath and cheap cologne.             Sometimes, they’d delicately whisper her name, giving each syllable a reverent power; more often, their desires grew violent, and they’d leave bruises around her throat. No matter their […]

Clear Conscience in Five Acts, by Mileva Anastasiadou

The lady in black stood pondering before proceeding with her plan. She spent more money than the year before, because of the worsening circumstances in the country. She wasn’t aware of the failing economy first hand, yet that was what she heard at the balls she had been attending which certainly didn’t lack the glamour […]

Short story with a dark edge by Sal DiFalco

Poisoning Felix, by Salvatore DiFalco

Someone had poisoned Felix Garibaldi’s toothpaste! The toothbrush fell from his hand as this horrible possibility dawned on him. He held his head under the tap and rinsed his throbbing tongue and gums. Compounding the pain and concern, some of the poisonous toothpaste had spattered into his right eye which, in reaction, had swollen shut. […]

Sore point, by Dasha Zagurskaya

She moved to the big city for college with no expectations, which turned out to be a good thing, for in the end of the day she didn’t have to let go of them in addition to exorbitant sums of money spent on menthol cigarettes. New York geared an inscrutable mechanism inside her. Her sleep […]

The Corpse House, by Tyrel Kessinger

Along with the freelance handyman jobs here and there, Terry always picked up the seasonal hours at The Corpse House. Extra money was extra money, he told people, though he did it simply for the art of it; his love for scaring the shit out of people. He practiced moves in the mirror in the […]

Happiland, by Mileva Anastasiadou

Originally published in Rhetoric Askew’s Anthology Askew, Mileva Anastasiadou’s Happiland speaks to the migrant crisis, and includes themes such as war, and a sort of euphoria-denial breakdown experienced by the bereaved (and perhaps the dead). Sneaking into the old lady’s garden was not easy, yet the young man was determined. She used to keep her […]

Four by Four, by Richard Gibney

by Richard Gibney (This short story was featured on Ireland’s RTE’s short story season back in 2011.) A mortar, launched from hundreds of yards behind Edward Greenway, goes off in front of him, spattering huge quantities of sand. As the smoke clears, he clumsily falls into the crater that the mortar has created. A second bomb […]

Daylight Savings, by Chad Senesac

“Pigs-in-a-blanket. Don’t taste the same.” The man across from Jack smiled. Abiding the years, a refreshing familiarity came as comforting as a deep sip of warm whiskey which would be nowhere in sight: the living room was full of Baptists and strangers at that. “I doubt Miss Cynthia made them,” said Jack. “Probably not.” For […]

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