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8. I wake to the familiar plinking of my father on the black grand piano. The sound breezes through the floor from the room below. There’s a bright dullness Continue reading “8.”

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Four Yellowing Ring Fingers

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Illustrations by Neil Peter Dyck

The Last Scarecrow

The last scarecrow left Chilliwack in 1980. I was four years old, only hearing about him later. He walked with his “heels in the lead.” It was said he claimed it easier with his Continue reading “Four Yellowing Ring Fingers”

Georg Reads “The Ashes Part II”

Illustrations by Neil Peter Dyck

“Some heads are more haunted than others, whether they are haunted by ghosts or by gods or by creatures from outer space. These are not real things. Nevertheless, they are indicative of real forces, animating and even creative forces, which your head only conceives to be some kind of spook or who knows what…”  — Thomas Ligotti

Though Georg hadn’t thought of April in weeks, she inhabited a murky region in his mind. Continue reading “Georg Reads “The Ashes Part II””

The Ashes

Part One of Two

Illustrations by Neil Peter Dyck.

“Any man’s death diminishes me,” John Donne.

Look you’re already doing it, Seb said, perfunctorily, pointing under Kyle’s feet where the open air buffered the ground. Kyle Giesbrecht hadn’t flown since he was a child. Why he hit puberty and the dreams stopped, he couldn’t say. Continue reading “The Ashes”