Five Poems by Giovanni Mangiante

The world as a rusty playground   It isn’t just the dishwashers or the laundry ladies, the janitors, or the warehouse workers. I’ve seen and met with lawyers that are as well huddling on their beds trying to get warm under thin dirty bed sheets with no money to pay the rent and with no…

Behind The Shops by Ian Lewis Copestick

I walk the graffitied, dead-end streets Behind the shops, where the drug kids meet To drink weak beer, and smoke super-strength weed There are no jobs, so they sell drugs Tiny pieces of crack and smack to the mugs Whose lives are  sadly, totally controlled by need I go to the shop for cigarettes The…

Too Many Cigarettes Can Cause A Revolution by R.M. Engelhardt

Too Many Cigarettes Can Cause A Revolution   If you swallow poison your heartbeat stands still, then stops to usher in our brother death. All welcome and warm. It’s happened before for I am no stranger. I walk this weary world alone this mortal coil looking for whatever may be a truth, love oh God…

Things That Are Mass-Bloody-Produced in Bloody Leeds by Don Stoll

Back then Ellen had wavy hair falling on her shoulders. But twenty years on, even with it chopped short I recognized her in the paper right off. Then I saw the headline about the Leopard of Leeds being caught, all credit to Detective Inspector Ellen Flay of the York and North East Yorkshire Police. She’d told…

Two Sonnets from When Penetrating A Planet by Kristin Garth

We Like Wet Planets And We Cannot Lie   a ballad to the earth from the inhabitants of Nantek Ro   We like our planets voluptuous and wet, a population they half forget, used, deprived of actual power — just pets unleashed at happy hour, hotel abused and golden showered, minuscule enough to be overpowered…

Flash Fiction Offensive’s 11th year anniversary.

‘Greetings all you Gutterites. Ezine years are even longer than dog years. And we’ve reserved November to celebrate Flash Fiction Offensive‘s 11th year anniversary. Readers. Writers. Editors. That’s a lotta love and energy. The chocolate frosting we offer on today’s cake is surely bittersweet. Yet we’re pleased to present the tale “Loaded Guns” — penned…

The Shadow – A Modern Take on a Classic Comic Book Series

The Shadow, from Kapow! Entertainment After disappearing into the shadows for decades, a new hero now emerges to take up the legendary mantle and once again protect us from the darkness – the Shadow has returned. * Winner – Best Screenplay – Fan Film Awards (Los Angeles, CA) * Winner -Best Actress, Manette Antill –…

Three Poems by Leah Mueller

Early Signs   I bought him a silkscreened tee-shirt   that read, “It’s not apathy, it’s zen.”   Two weeks later, he lost the shirt, said he didn’t care.   I rummaged under the bed,   sifted through wadded-up parcels of dirty underwear,   dumped the laundry hamper on the floor, but my search came…

Godan Blood Harmony by Garret Schuelke (Part Four)

Shadows began to cloak the Kalamazoo Mall as the sun went down. Families, buskers, college students, and various other folks were enjoying the evening, unaware of the evil presence that hid among the rooftops, waiting for his prey to arrive.   He felt his spawn approach. He looked over, and saw three figures in the…

#Noirvember: Office Killer

‘Office Killer is a comedy-horror film directed by Cindy Sherman. It was released in 1997 and stars Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald and David Thornton. ‘