The Ballad of Mario Crane, Part 3

They turned to look at me, each of them horrible in their own fashion, people who must wear masks to appear remotely human. In...

Remy LaPointe

Remy LaPointe could not remember the last time he’d had a good drink. When the patrons around here said they wanted a “good drink”, it...

Too Much Attention

“Ty!” whispered Drew. “It’s behind you. Whatever you do, don’t… turn… around!” Much like every other human being who had ever received such a directive,...

Not Turning Back

“This is an outrage!” Makaio shouted. “Unconscionable! How DARE any of you call yourselves officers of the court!” The first thin, bright fingers of dawn...

Harry Highbinder

“Mister Highbinder –” “Please, Lucy, call me Harry. All my friends do.” Lucy Clover scowled. She’d arrested this man, breaking up his card game with a...

Opening Act

As Ivor Hawley walks, he stirs broken and heartless people into his wake, a comet of ill omen passing through and tearing a dark...

High Stakes, Penny Ante

Every eye in the Killer Bunnies Casino was on Tallulah Morgan, every voice silent, holding its breath in anticipation as the dealer across from...

The Orphanage

Miss Willa Mae was way too strict. She said they could drape sheets off the top bunk to make their fort, but they couldn’t...

Showboating

The sky was choked out by thick, oily black smoke, highlighted in brilliant orange by rising flame. All around were the wails of burning...

The Ballad of Mario Crane, Part 1

The first thing that went through my mind was, “This poor bird clearly should have practiced with balls before he moved up to juggling...