10 Netflix Horror Gems

10 Netflix Horror Gems

This October, I waded through scads of streamable Netflix horror flicks—sometimes watching two or three per day—in an effort to weed out some true gems. Most of these are indie films I’d never seen before, and some were re-appreciations of recent gems I’d already...
Poopsy

Poopsy

Brett put aside his shovel and stared into the hole, thinking, Julie, what have you done? Lurking behind his inner question was the vivid memory of the barking and the whining. As recently as last night! It had irritated him, too, at three o’clock in the morning, when...
Silently Penitent

Silently Penitent

I am on the B Train, reading the stark, black typeface of today’s headline: Religious Murders Escalate. The picture of the most recent victim stares up at me. A man this time, probably late thirties. Pale face, blank eyes. I drop the paper to my lap. I loosen my tie...
Collision

Collision

Lightning splintered on the bleak horizon, beyond the sprawling, rain-soaked runways of Denver International Airport. Not a swell day to fly, thought Stephen Lindsay, perched on his barstool. He swiveled back nervously to face his double whiskey. Lucky I’m not flying....
Giving Life: A Poem

Giving Life: A Poem

Sometimes I like to explore the empowerment of children in situations where the odds are otherwise stacked against them. In this case, I went for the typical “abusive father” scenario and added a little vengeful magic to it. (This poem is at least...