A Gnome’s Bargain by Josh Lopez

The woods of Westin Hallow were always a foreboding place. The false night created by hundreds of pine skyrocketing above the ground often created a creepy feeling. At times, the woods were so dense that there was little noise to hear but for the echoing beat of one’s heart. It was a wonder that meek…

Another Day by Jonny Myers

Just another day in the office and it is the same routine: open the vault, get the stations ready for the tellers, open the doors and get ready to greet the customers. Suzanne has worked as the bank manager for 15 years and nothing exciting had happened, until today.   Suzanne kept mostly to herself…

Famous by Timothy Meier

“I just talked to a news reporter. I’m going to be famous.” Guy bounced on his toes and smiled proudly at his coworker. She looked back at him with a mostly understanding smile and replied slowly, “You is famous?” “Yep, I’m going to be famous. The newspaper wants to write an article about me.” “Why…

The Fear Catcher by Erik McCrain

Getting out of bed had become easier for me. It used to be impossible for me to get out from under the covers. I put a dozen alarm clocks on the other side of the room. When all of them blared at once, it forced me to get out and shut them all off. Even…

Extraterrestrial by Madison Williamson

There are so many things that could go wrong in space. The engineers could have forgotten a part to the ship, and it could spontaneously combust. We could ration our food incorrectly and starve. We could get sick and have all of the wrong medications to treat it. We could be hit by an asteroid…

At the Appointed Time and Place by Bobby Deal

Head bowed, watching her feet moving towards an unavoidable encounter. Jo made her way cautiously down the isolated stretch of track.  The promise of revenge soured Jo’s stomach, yet resolutely she placed one foot in front of the next. Creeping ever closer to the inevitable. The note slipped under the door of her musty 3rd…

Bird Song by Bobby Deal

There was a time when I would never expect to hear the birds singing, welcoming the new day in a place like Brooklyn. This morning I was distracted by the complex melodies in their songs as I was walked to work at the coffee shop. It was the sound of screeching tires, crumpling metal and…

The J-Walk by Eric Bolson

With wary speculation, Chester Goldman peered down the long baked stretch of Avenue J watching the smell of the ever-present garbage bags wafting on the heated blacktop’s mirage waves. In silent testament of the abuses of August, J stoically bore bleeding scabs of tar down the cracks of its careworn back. To the left, wrought…

Odd Spaces by Annika Jendzel-Scott

The Aims Review Literary/Arts Award Winner   I’m not sure if I believe in ghosts or monsters or any sort of God or gods. But I do believe in odd spaces, little moments and places where you feel something strange. They can be found anywhere and be any size.   There’s a space in my…

A Charge and a Tip by Hollie Kopp

Lisbet steps out of the lodge and moves into the murky pre-dawn morning, breathing mouthfuls of dust floating in the air. She turns to her sister, Greta, following behind, who appears to be encompassed in a filmy rust-colored shroud. The land is doused in red as the ubiquitous dirt makes it seem as if one…

Coffee Shop Worries by Jasmine Szabo

I sank into a wooden coffee shop chair going soft with age. The music was a soft hum that blended into the sounds of pencil tapping, laughing friends, and exhausted concentration. The bitter taste of hot coffee was a welcomed gift to my senses. I’d hoped, incorrectly, that coffee would clear my mind. The trip…

Missing You by Kayla Mey

Sometimes, when I’m listening to a peppy song or watching a funny video, I think of you. On days when I’m feeling down, I long to turn to you. When I’m with my friends, you often are a topic that comes up in conversation. I still look at all of the drawings and drafts I…

Alice by Autumn Jaster

One Alice was a sickly child. By the time she was diagnosed with Astrocytoma at eight years old, she was in and out of St. Jude Children’s Hospital so often that her parents had given up on public school. Soon after her diagnosis, Alice underwent surgery. The surgery was a success, and she was brought…

Russian Roulette by Kayla Mey

“You have been a naughty little girl,” Maddox said as he pulled up a chair and spun it around to lean his torso against the chair back when he sat down. “You have been digging around and sticking your nose into places it shouldn’t be.” “Can’t be helped,” I replied, folding my arms and crossing…