PRETTY FACE

Fiction by Brittny Meredith His bones abandoned her body, left impressions from where they’d lain, dented concaves of flesh slowly rising as she heard him breathe, heavy and deep, beside her. She felt all the muscles in her body hum, contract and pulsate; she felt as though she were vibrating—the motions of her skin created … Continue reading PRETTY FACE

1983

Fiction by Jeffrey Condran [from the archive: this piece first appeared in print in Big Muddy 17.1. "1983" is included in Jeffrey Condran's new story collection, Claire, Wading Into the Danube By Night, which is now available from Southeast Missouri State University Press. You can buy a copy, here!] Directly after the school bus dropped … Continue reading 1983

THE INSOMNIAC TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO THE LOST PYRAMIDS OF QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA

Fiction by Spencer Fleury The thing is—and this will come as a disappointment for you, but it wouldn’t be sporting to leave you in suspense—there are no pyramids in Quartzsite, Arizona. Forget what the bartender told you. They don’t exist. And neither do the camels, though this will not come as such a blow. You … Continue reading THE INSOMNIAC TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO THE LOST PYRAMIDS OF QUARTZSITE, ARIZONA

MIDWAY

Fiction by Jessica Fokken [from the archive: this piece first appeared in print in Big Muddy issue 17.1] Sometimes when Caroline awoke in the night she’d forgotten everything. She lay with her eyes closed and listened to the long, slow wail of a train in the dark. Often there was only silence. Sometimes crickets. A lone crow. … Continue reading MIDWAY