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Monsters, Mystery, & Mayhem Contest Winners & Shortlisted writers

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1st: Place: At the Bottom of the Well is a Home by Laur Freymiller 2nd Place: My Brother, Named and…

Replica

By Joshua Jones Lofflin

I once held two men at gunpoint. This was on a Sunday, after my wife had returned from mass while…

The Nomenclature of Flight

By Stella Lei

At dusk, we snuck into the backyard and planted birdseed by the drive. This was so robins would sprout out…

Monsters, Mystery, & Mayhem Contest Shortlist

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These 20 stories thrilled us with their specific and creepy details, their attention to character, and their surprises in plot…

Monsters, Mystery, & Mayhem Contest Longlist

By Fractured Lit
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These 39 stories thrilled us with their specific and creepy details, their attention to character, and their surprises in plot…

Tollbooth Madonna

By Kayla Rutledge

In her old age, the Virgin Mary moves to your town in the North Carolina backwoods, buys a fixer-upper and…

Blink and You Miss Her

By Deesha Philyaw

You were 48 hours old when I called the midwife and told her that my uterus was falling out, hanging…

Rubber Boots

By Jamie Feldman

Sister Francis’ long black coat whipped behind her in the wind, clipping the heads off dying dandelions and scattering white…

Stealing

By John Fulton

When the boys’ father came to pick them up at their mother’s and take them for the day, he was…

Phantom Trails

By Christine Kandic Torres

When Tía Amelia died, we ordered KFC. “Kentucky Fried Cruelty,” she used to call it, before biting into the flesh…

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