Krishna

Bay Area poet, professor and publisher Hugh Behm-Steinberg brings us this sweet serenade of a yarn, in which the protagonist’s usurpation of a deity’s musical prerogative brings only more delight to the world.

The Hospital: A Game for Lovers

Charles Louis Gabriel (1857-1927), medical practitioner and photographer.

Jenny Bitner’s latest yarn is a skewed but compassionate fantasy of love and convalescence, and of real life and death. It is a companion to her earlier contribution to The Fabulist, “Hansel & Me”; both are excerpted from her unpublished novel “Here is a Game We Can Play.”

The Great Farm Painter

California author Tantra Bensko returns to The Fabulist with this surrealist, briskly hallucinogenic vignette, showcasing her vivid prose and loopy, dreamlike plot constructions. (Image source: The Tucson Daily Photo.)

#KrakenEvent

It was a sparkling morning in Bristol, in the United Kingdom, when a series of eyewitness social-media postings announced the end of the world. Was it a giant cephalopod? A flying saucer? The chatter and retweets put a funhouse spin on the spreading confusion, but the flames and destruction are decidedly non-virtual.

Hopscotch

Allen Lewis, 1915

Leona Lee and Yun Yoo drew a hopscotch course on their sidewalk. Leona offered, “Why not double it?” Yun countered, “Triple!” They drew around their block and, as they were pointed that way, they continued north, through Canada,… Read More

Hansel & Me

Jenny Bitner’s fanciful, feverish “Hansel & Me” finds two step-siblings wandering through a forest known to be the home of a cannibalistic witch. Hungry, cold, abandoned by their sybarite parents, the pair fantasize about food, sex and serial killers — until all their fantasies come to life within a fabulous house made of candy.

Spoons

By Michael Plemmons “Spoons” is an odd and poignant little yarn about an affectionate old dog that’s been in the family since the Civil War. Writing in a naturalistic, conversational style, author Michael Plemmons follows this preposterous canine on a cross-country voyage… Read More

Alarmed

By Matt Tuckey “I have never been in a natural place and felt that it was a waste of time. I never have. And it’s a relief. If I’m walking around a desert or whatever, every second is… Read More

Color Bind

There is only one way of seeing them, and that is, seeing the whole of them. –John Ruskin Life forms from V12 in the NGC4203 galaxy 10.4 million light years from Earth had inhabited Providence, R.I., for five… Read More