Sunday Stories: “Maybum”

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Maybum
by Mary B. Sellers

The frost isn’t as pretty as I expected it to be. Out here with the dogs. 6:29 am. 

Parents have gone because mom’s getting another electroconvulsive treatment and for the first time in a long time I’m glad she’s going. It usually bothers me to think about all her neurons being lit up like little glow in the dark worms and her mouth clamped shut so she won’t swallow her tongue. I asked her once how the doctor knows she’s seizing; she told me that he watches for when her foot “jumps”. She couldn’t remember whether it was her right or her left. But her dad is dying; an event that would unravel even the most raveled of us. I haven’t had that happen yet, but I got a taste of what it would potentially feel like back in 2014. My own dad. Cancers. One so bad the medical people in charge of naming medical things felt compelled to place a modifier before it: malignant

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Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 51: Chase Griffin)

Chase Griffin

CHASE GRIFFIN is an author from Florida whose debut novel, What’s on the Menu?, was published by Long Day Press. You can find his writing in Oyez Review, Fugitives and Futurists, Funny Looking Dog Quarterly, Sobotka Literary Magazine, Maudlin House, Breadcrumbs Magazine, and elsewhere. The Rocco Atleby Foundation, the podcast he produces with his partner, Christina Quay, can be streamed on Spotify and Apple.

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Ambiguity is the Essence of the Supernatural

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Have you ever seen a ghost? Or heard one? Maybe not. But perhaps you’ve had some experience or other you couldn’t easily explain, some weird occurrence which you mull on even now. Did it happen the way you remember? Or did you imagine it? That ambiguity, unfocused and inconclusive, is the essence of what we think of as the supernatural.

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John Brandon’s Trip to the Past: A Review of “Ivory Shoals”

"Ivory Shoals"

Early in John Brandon’s fourth novel, Ivory Shoals—a spirited remaking of the prodigal-son parable set in the American South during the final days of the Civil War—twelve-year-old Gussie Dwyer has come to collect the savings his recently deceased mother, Lavina, entrusted with her long-time employer, Rye. Rye delays this encounter, leaving the boy to wait awkwardly in the barroom, a foreign space reserved for hardened men and the working women looking to entertain them. Out of economic desperation, Lavina had turned to prostitution to support her family.

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