We are very excited that our first review of good short writing is of two-time antilanger Erin Emily Ann Vance’s debut novel(la), Advice for Taxidermists & Amateur Beekeepers. Mothering. In this story surrounding the mysterious death of Margot Morris, her two daughters, and unborn baby, Vance’s writing explores the roles, rituals, and relationships of the mother… Continue reading Mothering. Gothic. Obituaries. Erin Emily Ann Vance’s Advice for Taxidermists & Amateur Beekeepers
Mind the Gap you say of things that behave in unexpected (unexplainable) ways that they are haunting (haunted). but to haunt is to occupy a place you are not supposed to be, to exist when you should not. a sense of uneasiness, the gap between the expected and the unexpected, the wanted and the scorned,… Continue reading November Contest Winner: Fernando’s “Mind the Gap”!
They can’t see what I see beneath me; marooned & timbered stories. The sea of history resurfaces, It, Trauma creaks and seeps and seeks its ghost. It finds familiar feelings. Wound in the wound it writhes with time’s tithes – the tides; the black-bile-mould that festers beneath floorboards that pours forth from holes in the… Continue reading November Contest Winner: Taylor Skaalrud’s Haunting Poem
Our editors got caught up watching Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House and couldn't resist basing the monthly flash writing contest on that show. We gave our Patrons an image of The ALP's home-base in Saskatoon (a character home over 100 years old!) and asked them to haunt the house. Our winning submissions include an… Continue reading November Flash Reveal
I sit, bitter as unwashed and overripe lettuce. I cannot move. My fleshless limbs dig into the bones of the old chair. It creaks beneath me, wheezing like a mucky lung. The moths flutter like angry feather dusters against my hard, plastic eyes. A backdrop of yelping coyotes situates me in this house, a stinking… Continue reading October Contest Winner: Erin Vance’s “Crepuscular Time”
It wasn’t supposed to rain that night, but still, their shoes and boots filled with moisture within minutes of arriving. They stood around the spot where they’d be digging and crossed their arms over their chests, in part to keep the cold away, but also because the closing off of the body brought them some… Continue reading October Contest Winner: Amy LeBlanc’s “Can You Hear Me Now?”
A Half-Life It was the landlord's policy to do an inspection of his property every six months. He had been trying to contact his tenants for several weeks, but his phone calls, emails, and letters went unanswered. The occupants of the other apartments in the building were no help, either. They kept to themselves. One… Continue reading October Flash Contest Winner: Erin Vance!