Short Stories

halfcover-1“Pluto” in Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters: Issue #30

Available from UC Irvine, Department of English

Meanwhile, Marvin and I ran the track. Nobody to chase. Nobody to be chased by. Just the steady 400-meter loop, over and over and over…

TLAR.23“Pieces”in The Los Angeles Review: Issue #23

Available from The Los Angeles Review

Penny pulls the trigger. It’s soft and doesn’t click. But in her head, Pow. Pow. Pow…

IMG_1934“The Donkey is Definitely Asian” in The Best of It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere: Volume One

Available from Subtext Design Publishing

They won’t let me ride with Marvin. Instead I ride in the fire truck. It seems weird. They put earmuffs on my head. I feel like a little kid. I feel like this is supposed to be fun, like a field trip…


“Korean Jesus” in The Bare Life Review: Volume Three

Available from and direct from The Bare Life Review

When I finally find Korean Jesus, I can tell who he is right away. I can tell he’s Korean because of his face and also be- cause of his accent, but the Jesus part I don’t get until after listening to him preach for a while…

two-hawks-quarterly-birds.png“Chengdu” in Two Hawks Quarterly

Jimmy Chiang drives west on the 10 freeway, over the 405. His stepdaughter is in the backseat. She is seven years old. Her name is Scharlene. Scharlene says: Where’s daddy? Jimmy doesn’t want to tell her where her father really is. But Jimmy also doesn’t want to lie to her about where her father is…


“Astronauts” in SAGA Literary Journal, Volume Four

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Douglas is drawn to the illumination, the other man’s face framed by the police truck’s spotlights like a halo. I don’t know this man, he thinks. He could kill me. He could help me. And I don’t know him. And I never will…


“Mission Concept” in Flapperhouse Year Four Anthology

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He looks at his hand, still on her cheek. His hand is grey and dry like bone. His hand looks like a dead person’s hand, like a ghost hand. He says, No…


“From the Roof of The Henry Vaughn Hotel” in F(r)iction, Issue 9

Available from F(r)iction Magazine

As Steve is about to say, I’m so glad you’re here, Donovan punches Steve in the stomach. Steve is surprised. Donovan punches Steve again. Steve turns and runs…


“Mission Concept” in FLAPPERHOUSE: Issue 14

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Sometimes the astronaut is an import-export guy, the father of two. A guy who, when he returns, he sometimes checks into a motel and pretends that he’s still away…


“There Are No More Secrets On Planet Earth” in Your Impossible Voice: Issue 14

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Every secret ever lied about, covered up, buried, or repressed is now available for all to see, or is in the process of becoming available for all to see. The entire history of Earth, viewable by anyone with a $10,000/week subscription to Ectoscope™…

img_1285“Asleep For Days” in F(r)iction (online)

I look at my hands, which now have matching bullet holes in them. I think that this must have religious significance. I tell my dad to call the Vatican. He calls an ambulance instead…

submit-header.jpg“The Gift” in Pinball Literary Magazine: Issue 11

You were a nice kid. Dad babied you in a way that he didn’t with me. You wanted a kitten; he let you. Your favorite color was pink; no problem…


“A Penny Short” in The Margins

I left them both at the wedding reception. The best man was toasting the groom by listing all the women he’d given up for his new bride, and I’d had about enough…

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