Greetings and welcome to the latest issue of Scribble.
As usual, we have a great group of short stories for you to enjoy, all of which use language in unique and pleasing ways, and all of which seem to ask the question 'what will it take to make things better?'
In The Three Second Rule, by Stephen Campbell, a routine day in the life of a couple takes an unexpected turn.
Mixed Feelings, by CJ Reed, features a man literally haunted by the ghost of Jim Crow.
In Tim Jones' Happy Yellow, relentless rain drums out a partner's quiet plea.
An in-over-his-head gambler waits for his chance to score in The First Spark by Bryan Starchman.
And Jerry Buys a Chair, by Chloe Alexandra, gives us a woman who finds her life redeemed in an unlikely place.
Enjoy these great pieces.
Stephen Campbell is a writer from the Boston area and has published flash fiction in the Boston Globe and a recent short story in OMDB! Crime Magazine. He also works in construction, and plays ragtime piano while his family dances.
CJ Reed is a writer living in Cleveland, OH. He has been writing for over a decade, and is working on several novels for publication. Outside of reading and writing, he loves pugs, working out, travel and other things most would consider outlandish and daring. Facebook: www.facebook.com/bedtimestrangler. Instagram: www.instagram.com/bedtimestrangler.
Tim Jones is originally from Michigan, and his work has appeared in The First Line, Underwood, Into the Void, and on The Pendust Radio Literary Podcast. Now living in California, he misses those fierce rainstorms that go on for days.
Bryan Starchman's fiction has recently been featured in The Saturday Evening Post and his nonfiction article about his most recent road trip appeared in last October's edition of ROVA Magazine. His essays have appeared in The San Jose Mercury News, The Monterey Herald, The Fresno Bee, and The Mariposa Gazette.
Chloe Alexandra is a writer currently living in Dublin, Ireland. She has a BA in creative writing from the University of California-Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in Literature from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.