Starman

Starman Billy McCarthy was only six when he first encountered the universe. He had been chased into the garden by his mother, who had had enough of him tearing around the house. It had been one of those afternoons. She prayed for the arrival of the new school year. Outside, abandoned by his guardian, Billy…

Interlude

Interlude The nearly-full moon was eclipsed in the night sky by a large cloud and time stopped. Near the edge of town, a freight train came full stop without so much as screeching its steel wheels on the tracks. The control arm in a road crossing up ahead seized half-way to the down position. And…

Faust-o-gram

Faust-o-gram The Scene on Earth A certain celebrity, who shall remain nameless in the interests of civil action avoidance, was filing her nails and observing herself in an expensive-looking mirror. She was bored and keenly aware of her fleeting years of fame. Instagram would not last forever. There wouldn’t be any kind of legacy that…

Night Garden

  In the Night Garden Early summer and the nights were already not as cold as they had been. Tulips planted that year were illuminated by warm light spilling out from the kitchen bay windows directly above the small front garden. There was a remote joy in that garden. He attended it almost daily. He…

There’s No Response

There is No Response Who are the people who live in dreams? Where do they go when a sleeper stirs and awakens? There had always been night voices that belonged to others in his head. At first, he thought it shocking. Those voices came with the feared fog of psychiatry. Each night as he slipped…