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The Breakroom Stories Podcast
7 minutes | Sep 4, 2018
When I Woke Up You Were Gone by Jon Kemsley Clark
He followed the number on the card with one finger and dialled with another, the receiver in the crook of his neck. The call was picked up but nobody spoke. He replaced the receiver after a few seconds and took a sip from the glass on the table in front of him. A thread of blood appeared in the water from where he had bitten his lip, fraying out as it twisted around itself, becoming nothing.
8 minutes | Jul 27, 2018
Mirage by Zerrin Otgur
"Now we turned away from the crushed wreck and again climbed into our planes to go on searching for him. But I was thinking, 'O you resuscitators from the land of the living, bank on the wind and fly back to your limbo called life. There is no saving one whom only death can keep alive.'"
37 minutes | Jul 12, 2018
Silent Houses by Rebecca House
Residing in Prince Edward County, (Ontario), when Rebecca is not the CEO of a busy household, traveling or freelance writing, she is plotting out my next dark fiction story. Active on both Twitter (@rhhouse) and Instagram (@rhousewriter), you can find her stories or articles published on CommuterLit.com, With Painted Words and in two upcoming print anthologies, Allucinor (ID Press) and The Stand (Polar Expressions Publishing). "Silent Houses" was previously published online at www.commuterlit.com (Dec, 2016).
13 minutes | Jul 1, 2018
144 Elm Street by Hannah Lackoff
It was a little less than two miles down Elm Street that we saw it. Blue with white shutters and trim, a large bay window and a garage attached to the house. Tall and homey, with a rolling yard and three stories of neatly painted edging. Completely out of our price range, and yet- “Ned-” I said, the startle in my voice bringing his gaze up from the map. “That house- it looks-” “Just like mine,” he said. Ned’s childhood home was a sprawling old farmhouse that had once had over two hundred acres of land, since split up and sold to different buyers. White with blue shutters and trim, a large bay window and what had once been stables or a barn only a few feet from the house. Three stories. Though I had never lived in the house and couldn’t be positive, it looked like a mirror image of the Burnson farm, notably untouched by the fire that had claimed the top two floors and the family cat just after Ned and I had started dating. The shape of the windows was the same, as was the placement of both chimneys. The basic layout of the roof looked the way I remembered. The only thing it was missing was a couple of trees out front and maybe a tire swing, but as we drove by I thought I might have seen a stump between the front door and the mailbox.
31 minutes | Mar 26, 2018
The Forever Home by Gordon White
You almost cried, but you didn’t. While you tossed and turned and the room grew hot, as you screamed frustrations into your pillow and bit your lip and ripped at the bed sheets in your anger, you never once let a tear escape. You must know, my dear, that I truly believe that your strength is one of your most admirable qualities.
15 minutes | Dec 15, 2017
Tidal by Rose Keating
She looks up and sees him, only a few feet away. Nessa almost halts in shock. She hadn’t known that boys could be pretty. Not in the way that girls were pretty. Pretty that makes you stop and stare. But there he was. Except for the eyes. His eyes were very, very ugly. Surreal. Colourless. They were cold. They hurt to look at.
35 minutes | Nov 29, 2017
The Heart is a Monster by Johshua Chaplinsky
Blood and pus coated everything when she paused to catch her breath. Snapped tendrils wrapped wilting around bits of chair, dissolving into nothingness. Silence settled over the apartment. Emma experienced a moment of peace. It didn’t last long.
15 minutes | Oct 5, 2017
The Baptism of Spider Darling by Kyle Owens
"You're being baptized?" "Sure am. Pastor Larry is going to do it up at Mud Hen Pond as soon as he gets out of jail." "Why's he in jail for?" "We don't need to get into that."
14 minutes | Sep 20, 2017
The Stone Cathedral by Brian E. Langston
"But then there was a river; a dark, slow moving, languid, wide, and briny river, and some of us, if we threw ourselves into it, we thought, perhaps we could finally end it. I wasn’t convinced."
9 minutes | Sep 11, 2017
Three (More) Stories by Paul Beckman
In these three flash pieces by Paul Beckman, a beloved boy's record-setting rubber-band ball leads to disaster, a call center employee's apathy overwhelms his empathy, and a bargain hunter remains oblivious to the empty noise that comprises his existence.
14 minutes | Aug 26, 2017
"The Tide" by Casey Cooke
A surreal boardwalk, a dream0like beachfront, and the menacing sea contort our narrator's sense of reality, test the limits of her empathy, and blurs the edges of her own identity.
18 minutes | Aug 18, 2017
Bipolar Coach Trip by Tim Frank
During their pilgrimage to the Somme, a group of misfits finds surreal purpose in an unexpected place.
14 minutes | Aug 4, 2017
Stop Hurting My Child by Simon Lee-Price
They came to save us. But instead of salvation, they offer only "The Pain," a universal burden that all must bear. One woman attempts to stop her daughter's suffering, only to learn the hopeless extent of humanity's condition.
18 minutes | Jul 20, 2017
"Living in the Gleam of an Unsheathed Sword" by Andrew Davie
In an empty and hopeless wasteland, an indentured mason must labor under the watchful eye of a drunken overseer with a love for shotguns and 80s pop tunes.
23 minutes | Jun 28, 2017
A Frog in Boiling Water by Dallas Woodburn
A family trying to keep it together doesn't stand a chance after something uninvited is born in the attic of their home.
26 minutes | Jun 22, 2017
The Lion God by Benjamin Blattberg
In a bleak near future where the human race is ruled by a strange, animal-like deity with an iron fist and self-obliterating love, one rebel has a plan in which everything seems to go wrong. Well, almost everything.
27 minutes | Jun 15, 2017
The added weight of skin cells, by Hugo Rodríguez
Frank buys a mattress for his shitty apartment, only to find that his new purchase is somewhat... inhabited.
16 minutes | Jun 8, 2017
Architectures of Trauma by Rudy Koshar
An unhinged narrator bends the border between imagination and reality as he explores the dark spaces of his world.
8 minutes | May 14, 2017
The Shivering Girls by Angela Enos
Mythic sacrifice meets local tradition in this piercing story by Angela Enos.
5 minutes | Apr 12, 2017
"In Which I Take a Task Upon Myself" by Amos J Hunt
In Amos J. Hunt's poem "In Which I Take a Task Upon Myself," a man who is desperate for sleep sets out in search of the barking dog keeping him awake; in the process, he discovers much more than a dog.
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