For Elombe, at first, the night began like any other. Wakefulness came in a flash.  He sat upright in his straw mat, fingers clenched tight around his spear.  There had been a chui prowling through their village the last few weeks; it had already dragged away...

After World War II, Russian agents descended upon German specialists habituating in the Soviet Occupation Zone, and forcefully deported them to the USSR to work on their own scientific projects.  This maneuver, dubbed Operation Osoaviakhim, included renowned astrophysicist Dr. Dietrich Volkov.  He performed cosmonautical operations...

Fact: according to the Insurance Information Institute, there is a one in one hundred and sixteen chance that you, taking your car out for a drive, will crash into a deer.  Those odds increase drastically during the fall and winter months, during the white-tailed deer’s...

27For the past three weeks it was the same dream every night. Strangely enough, the whole scene is in black-and-white, with a grainy finish, like an old film. And I mean an old film, like, pre-1900s. Everything is faded, and seems to swim within itself. There’s...

It was August in Alabama, half past noon, and suffocatingly hot. It was beautiful outside, with pines lining the road and the smell of their sap in the air. But nature couldn’t mask the stark scenes of small-town decay. Alms Hill was barely big enough to...

A heavy mist rolled over the lush grass of the cemetery, muting the hues of green land and blue sky with a heavy veil of grey. The already morose atmosphere was exaggerated with the crowd of friends and family members swallowed in black clothes.  We...

My Aunt Mel was one of the strongest women I ever knew.  She stepped in to raise my little brother Keith and me after we lost our mother to ovarian cancer.   Not many other people would have done the same, especially having to step in...

You know those people who you tell the time of events to fifteen minutes earlier than they start because you know they’ll be late?  The people who would be late to their own funerals, as the saying goes.  Well...

I worked for over twenty years as a police officer for the Lindley County Sheriff’s Office before retiring at the beginning of last year.  I’ve often been asked a lot of questions about my time in law enforcement, the main one of course being, ‘What...

Like most teenage boys, I believed that I was a wolf, not a sheep. And, like most teenage boys I was wrong. I was very much a follower. Specifically, a follower of Daniel Lawman. Daniel Lawman was the coolest boy in school. Handsome, charming and effortlessly intelligent....

Take the I-87 north from Queensbury, Vermont.  Then the 28 up through North Creek. Keep going, if you want to take the route that I did.  You’ll pass right through the town that doesn’t exist on any map. My headlights probed the first of the ramshackle...

You can blame it on the alcohol, but that wouldn’t make me feel any better.  People drink every day without killing someone.  Besides, if I’m being really honest here, I probably would have still killed him if I’d been sober. You can blame it on my...

My neighbor Dr. Gregovich suffered both of life’s greatest calamities.  The first was falling in love.  This is a rebellious and generally discouraged affliction to which he accidentally exposed himself when he was just five years old.  Elaine, age four at the time, had given...

I was sixteen when I saw the first crack.  A jagged line, almost four feet long but less than an inch wide.  I found it by the sidewalk behind my house.  Not on the sidewalk—the crack was in the air, visible from every direction as...

Justice isn’t blind.  If she cannot see, then it’s simply because she doesn’t care enough to look.  She turned away that dark night my sister was attacked where even the moon and stars must have hidden their faces in shame.  From all accounts, it was...

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