Confession of a Coward

by Charles Bukowski… Henry rose wide-eyed, as if in a trance, and flung the door open, forgetting his nakedness. He stood there transfixed in thought for some time, but it was obvious to her that nobody was therein his state of undress there would have been quite a commotion or, at the very least, some…

Sugar

by Richard Hoffman… “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!” The fat man is yelling at a large red Mercury backing toward the boy who’s standing frozen with the shopping cart. The windows on the Mercury are down, and the music is loud. The car is shining; even the tailpipes are polished. It stops, rocking; the driver has slammed…

Serial Killers Anonymous: a Twelve-Step Program

by Murderously Philly… “Suddenly I find my hand around her neck and it’s all I can do to contain myself. Then I stop, somehow, and I think, This woman has no idea how close she just came to being strangled to death. If I’m being honest, I know the only thing stopping me is my…

Journey to the End of the Night

by Louis Ferdinand Celine… Excerpt…You can be a virgin in horror the same as in sex. How, when I left the Place Clichy, could I have imagined such horror? Who could have suspected, before getting really into the war, all the ingredients that go to make up the rotten, heroic, good. And there I was,…

Now It Can Be Told

by Kurt Vonnegut – a Kilgore Trout story… The premise of the book was this: Life was an experiment by the Creator of the Universe, Who wanted to test a new sort of creature He was thinking of introducing into the Universe. It was a creature with the ability to make up its own mind.…

Apolitics Now

by Pachydermy Philly… “Billingham Bokstock was born with an elephant’s head. A real, live elephant’s head. Not only was he the first ever trunk-swinging, tusk-bearing, floppy-eared candidate to run for president of the United States, he was twelve feet tall. The first time he walked into a press conference, his head went crashing into the…

Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis

Excerpt: The Metamorphosis

by Franz Kafka – Chapter One… When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. He was lying on his back as hard as armor plate, and when he lifted his head a little, he saw his vaulted brown belly, sectioned by arch-shaped…