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While the Black Stars Burn

by on Sep 28, 2017 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

3,400 words Caroline tucked an unruly strand of coarse brown hair up under her pink knit cap, shrugged the strap of her black violin case back into place over her shoulder, and hurried up the music building stairs. Her skin felt both uncomfortably greasy and itched dryly under her heavy...

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An Exploration of Racism in Heart of Darkness

by on Jan 14, 2016 in Nonfiction | 3 comments

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad tells the story (via an unnamed narrator) of sailor Charles Marlow’s time as captain of an ivory-hauling steamboat along the Congo River. The 1899 novel, rooted in Conrad’s own experiences as a merchant sailor on the Congo, vividly portrays the horrors...

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Unreliable Narrators in Kiernan and Chambers

by on Oct 7, 2015 in Nonfiction | 0 comments

Caitlín R. Kiernan’s dark fantasy novel The Drowning Girl: A Memoir and Robert W. Chambers’ supernatural story collection The King in Yellow have several themes in common—ancient malign gods, hauntings, and madness-inducing works of art, for instance—but one of the most interesting is...

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Antumbra

by on Feb 4, 2014 in Short Fiction | 7 comments

4300 WORDS I woke in the afternoon gloom to the sound of my 20–year–old stepsister Lily dragging something heavy and wet up the back patio steps through the kitchen door. The smell of blood and brine smothered me the moment I sat up. I swore to myself and called down to her, “What did...

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