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I have known Lynn Alexander and Aleathia Drehmer for a few months, just long enough to realize how much they truly care about art in all its forms. Both women have been past editors over at Outsider Writers Collective (where I met them), but have moved over to head the online lit zine, Full of Crow.

My story, “Globe Valve,” is now live as part of their Summer 2009 flash fiction supplement, MiCrow (get it? Micro…). When Lynn approached me about submitting a story, I jumped at the chance. I have rarely worked with a more passionate editor.

Author’s Note:

I wrote this story specifically for Full of Crow, but intend to leverage it for an upcoming project (more on that in the coming months). On the surface, “Globe Valve,” seems a straightforward vignette involving two people who witness a jumper suicide from the balcony of a downtown condo. But a single surreal moment, when one of the characters touches the falling body, opens the story up to much more.… Read the rest

Extree, extree! The new issue of Colored Chalk sits ready for consumption amid worthy virtual newsstands/host servers! Also, corruption within the Govna’s office! Read all about it!

Will I ever be disappointed with an issue of Colored Chalk? No. No, is the answer to that question.

How best to describe the issue 8 theme, Broken Clocks? How about a some text from the minds behind the pages:

It’s the human condition to lick the wounds of our mistakes and pick at scabs of regret.

from the original theme by Alex J. Martin

Be it misery or reverie, we mutate with our memories, traversing private histories, with critical eyes, and an editor’s pen.

issue 8 editor, Jason M. Heim

Issue 8 contains fine work from Nik Korpon, Justin Holt, Derek Ivan Webster, Richard Thomas, Elizabeth Kate Switaj, Carol Stone, Stephen Graham Jones, Rebecca Gaffron, Alan Frackelton, Linda G. White, Tait McKenzie Johnson, E.… Read the rest


With all the talk of dwindling advances, shrinking sales, and too many scribblers willing to saturate the bookshelves with crap, Writers (with the admittedly douchey capital “W”) must become more creative in monetizing their efforts. I anticipate the recent Amazon Kindle decision to open its interface to the blogosphere at large will ultimately impact blog-structured web zines like Literary Saloon and The Elegant Variation, acting in much the same way traditional door delivery currently works. But until a collective schism happens, what are those of us who produce longer, less blog-friendly works supposed to do?

Jeremy C. Shipp, author of Vacation, Sheep and Wolves, and the forthcoming Cursed (Raw Dog Screaming Press) recently adopted the subscription model for some of his own short fiction, a venture dubbed Bizarro Bytes. Quite simply, a subscription to Bizarro Bytes guarantees 12 previously unpublished short stories, delivered one per month.… Read the rest


Colored Chalk issue 7, MacGuffins for Hire, is now live. This thing keeps getting better. First time editor Colin McKay Miller, with the design help of Jason Heim, has delivered a stellar collection of fiction and poetry. Each day my pride as a parent swells.

This issue features poetry by Michael S. Harper, Meg Kearney, and Howie Good, with fiction by Mary Jo Campbell, Michael Paul Gonzalez, Nicholas Merlin Karpuk, Nik Korpon, M. Kilbain Lazer, Alex J. Martin, K. Curran Mayer, Devin Strauch, and Axel Taiari.

Also, Melanie Gillman contributed an unofficial web comic supplement

As always, we promote legal theft as a downloadable and distributable .pdf file. Go to the Issue 7 page for details, printing instructions, and visual over-stimulation.… Read the rest


My story, “The Word Will Die Too” is now live at Cherry Bleeds. I have long been a fan of Cherry Bleeds, as they consistently deliver the most visceral, oft-grotesque fiction around. It’s an honor to be a part of that legacy, though fodder for my own self-criticism as well (“Am I really that disturbed?”).

Author’s Note:

This is by far the most depressing thing I have written to date. It is said that silver lining can be found in even the filthiest Goodwill coat, but when shit like this story comes out of me, I wonder. Also included: perhaps the most disturbing image I’ve ever written (challenged only by an abortion scene in Stranger Will – which you haven’t read, because it hasn’t been published yet).… Read the rest


When a person takes interest in my work, I squeal. If you heard a hi-pitched shriek last night, I might be to blame.

Craig Wallwork contacted me with a request to ask a few questions about my work and its ethic. Great conversation ensued, supported, I’m certain, not only by Craig’s excellent provocative queries, but by the fictional Cat O’Nine Tails ambiance.

You can learn:

  • My thoughts on academia and creative writing
  • The importance of online publishing
  • TV/VCR Repair
  • Computer Programming
  • Bookkeeping
  • The origin of my The Velvet username, ThirstyGerbil
  • The best piece of writing advice I’ve ever received
  • Or you can major in Business Management or Accounting

Stick around after the interview and take in a few pieces of Craig’s writing. You won’t be disappointed. I recommend starting with The Crocodile, if only because any image of a kid pressing his ass against a floor to prevent shitting himself, works.… Read the rest

Grab the kids, alert the authorities, and tune the banjos: the new issue of 1000th Monkey has arrived!


  • An interview with OWC’s Naked Opinion generating machine, Tim Hall, with mentions of his forthcoming delicacy, F-Hole
  • Poetry from Jason Michel and Cheryl Townsend
  • An interview with Crystal Folz
  • and from the honorable Caleb J Ross, fake reviews of fake books

Author’s notes:

My pieces, Reviews: Caroline Meyer’s Hidden Cigarette Butt, Joel Reynolds’s Dried Bar of Soap, are an experiment, really. I’ve often wondered how much can be told of an author by reivews of his books. These peices are character sketches, disguised as reviews. The fun part: the zine itself doesn’t address this point. It would be interesting to see how many people try to search out the fake books.

Print it, staple it, tuck it away in public places. Email it to heads of state. Breathe its fire!… Read the rest