Fiction

*Image: "Seveso" by Marcy Hermansader, 30" x 45” Color Pencil and Acrylic on Paper, 1981., Mud Season Review Artist.

FICTION ISSUE #21

June was Fierce, Simple

By Jessica Bryant Klagmann
 
 

It was really going on Thursday. Pietro went out in the middle of the night, not to see the stars but to water his plants. He wasn’t aware of the stars, not yet. He tripped over the hose. He swore the way his mother had taught him. As he sat in the dirt, smacking dust from his slacks, he looked up and noticed that indeed there were stars, many of them…
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"Via Della Spada" by Galen Cheney, 45" x 120" Oil and Enamel on Wood Panels

FICTION ISSUE #20

The Record We’re Writing

By Tyler Barton
 
 

The Sunday after all this happened, the Gettysburg Examiner reported that Austin Harris flipped his go-kart six times. I was thirteen then, sensitive to nothing but myself, but now I wonder: why even include the number?…
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FICTION ISSUE #19

An Unknown Place

By Evan D. Williams, with illustrations by Meredith C. Bullock
 
 

It was the afternoon of the first moon landing and John D. Hinepaw Junior hunched in the loam of his backyard. He searched for chewed leaves on his bean plants and found none and then he blinked toward the fence posts now soft with lichen and resolved he would take no chances with the rabbits this year….
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"Willing" by Karen Henderson, 9"x9" Fiber and Mixed Media, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #18

How I Found God in the Laundromat

By Sam Gridley
 
 

Actually He was a little white-haired Jewish lady. But therein lies the tale. As a twelve-year-old I scorned the ritual of becoming a man. The religious part of it, I mean, which included meeting each Thursday with the assistant rabbi to study my Haftarah portion, the verses from the Prophets that I would chant at my Bar Mitzvah….
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"So Close" by Gina Williams, Photograph, 2013, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #17

Perigee

By Marie Curran
 
 

The beauty catches in my throat as we pull onto the road to Asher and Moira’s farm, my husband beside me and our daughter in the backseat. It’s thirty minutes from our home in town, but we have not visited in months. Asher’s zinnias and onions, ripening pumpkins, and Moira’s pecking hens in a meadow of goldenrod meet us on the narrow dirt road up to the old farmhouse…
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FICTION: ISSUE #16

Visiting Sarah

By Rebecca Fishow
 
 

My sister Sarah meets me at the San Diego Airport. I am transit-tired, unwashed. I smell my sweat mixing with the thick hibiscus air. She pulls up in her pimped-out Altima, its rims shiny, windows tinted opaque, luring people into caring who is inside. She steps out of the car and onto the curb…
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"#25 Rain" by Ramsay Wise, 24" x 30" Spray Paint and Acrylic on Canvas, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #15

The Minister

By Eric Barnes
 
 

When someone dies in the North End, there is a funeral. Many people attend. It is our only communal act. There are really no other reasons for a crowd to gather. There is a church downtown that still has a minister, an older man I see sometimes near the corner store or near the church itself, where he sweeps the wide steps leading up to the entrance…
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"The Knot of Moonlight" by Bill Wolak, 11" x 8" Digital Collage, August 2015, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #14

We Have Commandeered Our Bodies to Science

By Jacob Guajardo
 

We are confined to a room day and night while the doctor runs tests, while we run out of stories to tell each other. We do not remember arriving. We remember only our lives before and not this room. Today the doctor hammers a bottle of lotion against his palm until it hisses, then gives up….
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"The Amygdala Project XXXVII" by Abigail Nelson, 22 x 30 Acrylic and Gel on W/C Paper, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #13

Brother’s Keeper

By Sandra Hunter
 
 

He is walking. He is about to turn the corner. She is at the window waiting since noon, since last year’s announcement on the church noticeboard, last month’s update, last week’s email, waiting for her temporary Sudanese, temporarily in her living room, her kitchen, her guest room, temporarily so grateful to her American family…
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Still from "Substratae," an Animated Film by Margie Kelk, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #12

Get Gregory Out

By Genevieve Plunkett
 
 

Patty met Gloria through one of those little paper tabs that you have to try to tear upward, so that you don’t lose part of the phone number. She had never liked introductions by phone—all those disembodied shifts in tone, the liftoff of questions that never seemed to settle—but she had taken the number…
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