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Darker Than Dark-Fiction by Mark Joseph Kevlock
What a Mess-Fiction by Miles Ryan Fisher
Flippimg the Frozen Finger Farewell-Fiction by Michael D. Davis
A Gift of Death-Fiction by Kenneth James Crist
Maggot-Fiction by Max Watt
Redemption for a Lowlife-Fiction by Angelo Gentile
A Night Out at Wrath's-Fiction by Jason Butkowski
The Pact-Fiction by Edward Francisco
Joey Brick-Fiction by Henry Simpson
Violators-Fiction by Doug Hawley
Trauma-Fiction by Robert Petyo
Fire-Fiction by Tom Barlow
The Bank Robbin' Deacon-Flash Fiction by Walter Giersbach
The Matrix of Love-Flash Fiction by J. Brooke
Huddled and Crying-Flash Fiction by Paul Beckman
The Mere Four-Flash Fiction by Henry G. Stanton
The Big Hunt-Flash Fiction by Cindy Rosmus
Family Tree-Poem by Neil Ellman
A Line from Lynynrd Skynyrd-Poem by Mark Young
The End of the End-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Bones-Poem by Christopher Hivner
The Berserker Train-Poem by Christopher Hivner
Contemplating an Unknown-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Lifeless Space Rock-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Our Armored Oxygen Suits-Poem by Ayaz Daryl Nielsen
Like Broken Glass-Poem by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
Walk at Night-Poem by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
Terrible Animal-Poem by Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
I Am Borges-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
I Am Hesse-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
I Am Camus-Poem by Dr. Mel Waldman
The House of Four Senses-Poem by John Grey
At the Complaint Department-Poem by John Grey
My Mighty Pen-Poem by John Grey
Cartoons by Cartwright
Hail, Tiger!
Angel of Manslaughter
The Gazing Ball
Strange Gardens
Gutter Balls
Calpurnia's Window
No Place Like Home
Dark Tales from Gent's Pens

Art by Cindy Rosmus © 2019



by John Grey



I update my diary

in the shallow light of a candle.

All of what happened to me

is written down slowly, carefully,

with a nib that makes words like a weaver,

with large loops, elegant shapes to every letter.

Meanwhile, there’s a bat at the window,

beating on the glass with its wings.

It morphs into human form

as it steps into the room.

My visitor is pale-faced, red-lipped,

and bedecked in dark suit and cape.

He slowly edges toward me,

red eyes making an invidious play for mine,

mouth slowly opening

to reveal two fangs like honed ivory.

I’m just at the part

where I’m annoyed with my sister

and I threaten to punch her husband’s lights out.

That’s when the intruder lunges at me

and I strike out blindly, in anger,

at this interruption to my retrospection.

That nib plunges into his heart,

he lets out an almighty scream,

then his flesh peels away,

he’s nothing but bone

and, that too, concedes to

the number of years he’s been undead,

turns to dust before my eyes.

I’ve no idea why this incident

doesn’t make it into my diary.

It’s late. I’m tired.

The page is already near-filled.

These are poor excuses.

The truth is that everybody knows

the pen is mightier than the sword.

I’m dutiful when it comes

to getting the record straight.

But I do take an exception to clichés.



John Grey is an Australian poet, U.S. resident. Recently published in the Homestead Review, Harpur Palate, and Columbia Review with work upcoming in the Roanoke Review, the Hawaii Review, and North Dakota Quarterly.  

Cindy Rosmus is a Jersey girl who looks like a Mob Wife & talks like Anybody’s from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants She’s been published in the usual places, such as Shotgun Honey, Hardboiled, A Twist of Noir, Megazine, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, and Twisted Sister. She is the editor/art director of the ezine, Yellow Mama. She’s a Gemini, a Christian, and an animal rights activist. She has recently been branching out into photo illustration, under the guidance and mentoring of Ann Marie Rhiel.

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