THESE WAKING DREAMS

Sean McGrath

These sixteen stories reside somewhere between drinking and dreaming, waking and a wedding. On addiction, animals, and lost youth—several men find themselves wandering in the lines of these tales.

From "The Boutonnieres":

"When the ship stalled out in the Atlantic, the first thing to break down were the toilets. The scene devolved quickly. A horde of American women was walking around without bottoms on trying to squirt on college boys. Cheese turned wildly violent and decapitated a bartender. Dan was after the American women but they wouldn’t look at him because most of his hair had fallen out in the salty wind. And there was a deaf Spaniard who was trying to suck my dick through text messages. I threw up and started stabbing the life rafts. Pigeons were screaming and shitting all around us. Joey pulled his big African ass over the railings and unleashed a brown splash into the sea. It was a brilliant idea."

68 pages

WINGS

89 views | 4.8 rating

Sean McGrath

From the story:

"When I get to the Drink later that night, I am still very certain of what I had seen -- a crackman throw himself from a cliff and invisible to air. I tell Andy this, who, maybe laughing, checks my nose for blue stuff again, finding nothing."

8 minute read

THE FLAKES

408 views | 3.2 rating

Isaac Simpson

A too-hip couple flit their way through the L.A. art and music scene.

From the story:

"The core members would rotate out of that room in turns to face time with the lesser guests outside. Coda knew that Si would never be caught dead in an outer circle, nor would she."

30 minute read

THE HOUSE SITTER

204 views | 4.0 rating

Sean McGrath

The narrator moves in and out of coherence in a tale about guilt, fathering, and bailing on duty.

From the story:

"The night is weird in the old cabin, and lots of things are said that spill onto the floor. The next morning, the girls are in their underwear next to a wine stain on the carpet. I go looking for the dog again. But it isn’t anywhere. And I’m not even sure I remember its name."

15 minute read
 

CANNIBAL CAFE

488 views | 4.8 rating

Sean McGrath

A man is served up in a back-alley cafe.

From the story:

"When the flesh is released, it seems to shrink, crinkle up, like looking for something of itself to hold onto. It is milky white when held up to the light."

5 minute read

RABBIT

37 views | 4.0 rating

E.A. Hathaway

Facing a crisis of existence after roadkill, the narrator sleeps through her hauntings.

4 minute read

SURFING

87 views | 3.6 rating

Sean McGrath

A Bradbury-esque flash narrative on the future of prisons. 

295 words

THE BOXER

176 views | 4.8 rating

Sean McGrath

A father gives his boy a lesson in fighting.

From the story:

  “You stick it out there hard, dig in, if you got time wrap it up, but you stick it out and you say, ‘here, dog, this is yours.’ You give that one arm up and you stand hard and let it come. He will take it.”

  The boy looked surprised at this instruction, but he listened on.
  “Then the fight begins."

6 minute read

FAMILY VACATION

93 views | 4.1 rating

E.A. Hathaway

Hathaway's sparse prose is displayed in this piece of flash fiction where the characters are all caught in the act. 

250 words

GHOSTS OF THE PROJECTS

33 views | 2.1 rating

Patrick Jonathan

Two boys spend their summer disturbing the peace. A haunting story about youth and detachment.

20 minute read

SQUIRREL PARK

64 views | 3.6 rating

Sean McGrath

The narrator returns to a site from childhood to find that some things can't be erased.

3 minute read

RECALLING THE IMMOLATED MAN IN TIANANMEN SQUARE, SEVERAL YEARS AFTER THE SIGHTING IN 2014

99 views | 3.9 rating

Anvar Dean Ly

A piece about the malleability of memory and history.

4 minute read

TRAVELS WITH JOEY

356 views | 4.6 rating

Sean McGrath

A three day sprint across the country, Boston to San Diego. In 2015, the author rides shotgun as Joey carries his 28 years of life in a UHaul south by southwest, hitting Nashville and Austin along the way. A narrative about friendship, bumps in the road, and always moving forward. 

1 hour read

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