Short Fiction

Short Fiction from issues of Apex Magazine

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Elephant’s Tale

by on Aug 4, 2015 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

(3,500 Words) Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages… Every circus has a story, and every story has its secrets. Those of us taxed with bearing the burden of such things do so with no sense of pleasure, only duty. We remember so that others, in time, may forget....

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It is Healing, It is Never Whole

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(3,400 Words) When the souls of the suicides come tumbling out of the low, gray clouds, it’s given to us to collect them, catalog them, contain them, and load them onto the train. None of us know where the train goes—it’s the general consensus, to the extent that there...

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Coming Undone

by on Aug 4, 2015 in Short Fiction | 3 comments

(800 Words) Entry #070-698 I was born incomplete, unfinished. My right leg ends in a stubby knee. The corresponding arm never developed past the shoulder. People always think these undeveloped limbs are the error, but it’s the full-length, ‘healthy’ limbs that make me wrong. I’ve spent my whole life...

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Brisé

by on Aug 4, 2015 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

(5,300 Words) You are in the kitchen. You are staring at the coffeepot, at your reflection in the glass carafe, much as you stared yesterday at the door of the microwave, and the dark night before when you fixated on the patio door. “How many?” you whisper. “How many...

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Never Chose This Way

by on Jul 7, 2015 in Short Fiction | 3 comments

1600 Words Once upon a time, I thought I was a girl. Once upon a time, I lived in a castle. Well, it wasn’t really a castle. It was a fortress of sorts, though, and it had something like a moat and something like dragons, or that’s the story...

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All Who Tremble

by on Jul 7, 2015 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

3900 Words In a cold grey city to the North there lived a family made of ragtag parts. The denizens all thought them strange, and when they passed by the house they pushed babushkas across and hats over their eyes to hide their faces. They plugged their ears with...

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