Fiction

"Dwellings" by Margie Kelk, Ceramic, Photo credit: Steven Crainford, Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #10

The Tale of How I. I. Settled the Quarrel with I. N.

by Srđan Srdić
 
 

I wished to be left alone, I felt the need to add and subtract, to perform these operations. I felt I could no longer bear it, I packed and left, they didn’t make any trouble. They seemed not to care, one left, another came, as elsewhere….
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"Road to Palouse Falls," by Allen Forrest, Oil on Canvas, 18' x 24", Mud Season Review

FICTION ISSUE #9

Persistence Hunting

by Dave Essinger
 
 

My running shoes have hardened into new shapes since the last time I wore them, and they’re stiff on my feet. The half mile to Andrew’s house loosens them a little, but they don’t stop sliding on my heels. Maybe it’s my feet that have changed, though; maybe my shoes are the same….
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Little Greens, oil on linen, by Nancy H. Taplin

FICTION: ISSUE #8

Butchering

by Amanda Pauley
 
 

Mom is as stunned as a hog after the first bullet when I tell her that Ray won’t be over until after Thanksgiving dinner. I say it to her in between the scraping sounds she makes sharpening her knife. She doesn’t put down knife number five but turns around with it in her hand to stare at my large belly I’ve draped a pink cotton babydoll blouse over…
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"Troutzilla," photograph by Dave Petraglia, Mud Season Review artist

FICTION: ISSUE #7

In the Bodies of Beautiful Fish

by Michael Minchin
 
 

When Quinn Meyers looks up from his cutting board, there are more fish moving along the conveyor: fat salmon, already gutted, or half-gutted, messy from the machines that cannot slice the fins neatly enough or strip the pink membrane from the cavity with the delicate swipe of a blade.
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Short Migration by Jeffrey Rothstein

Fiction: Issue #6

The Goddamn Caped Canaveral

by Hubert Vigilla
 

Dylan Cape emerged from the marquee tent to Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra.” The horns blared and the timpani thundered like daybreak and creation. Through the shimmering, rising heat Dylan surveyed the crowd gathered along the security barricades. Ten thousand strong, he was told, and all eyes on him…Read more

Leonard_Kogan, An experience of conversion, oil on paper

Fiction: Issue #5

The Buddhists

by Shannon Reed
 
 

“The Buddhists have a saying,” Tim said, “that when something breaks, it is to distract us from the beautiful new thing that is being born.” His hands draped loosely, calmly, over the steering wheel. He smiled slightly, the wrinkles at the corners of his eyes deepening, but did not look at his wife…Read more

Dave Petraglia, Flagirl

Fiction: Issue #4

Somewhere in That Space

by Warren Read
 
 

The first time I heard the story of Rodney’s mother I was with Eddie DeMint and Marcus Wallen in the gazebo at Douglas Park, picking off a half rack of malt liquor that Marcus had swiped from his dad’s store. We’d ditched the dance before the last song, ducking the chaperones and sprinting…Read more

Fiction: Issue #3

Making Weight

by Edward Boyle
 
 

My final year of high school wrestling starts today and this will be the last time I eat bacon and eggs until the season ends. I have to cut sixteen pounds to get to one hundred and forty, and I’ve been at it long enough to know that the wrestler who starts cutting weight early ends the season right…Read more

Fiction: Issue #2

Beanie’s Island

by Alan E. Kennedy
 
 

She had flown up from Houston, unannounced, because there was something she had to tell me, she said. She put down her shoulder bag and gave me a quick hug, then walked over to Richie who had been dozing in his chair in front of the TV and gave him a kiss. There were gifts as usual: another fishing vest for Richie…Read more

"To Be Orange," Tobias Oggenfuss

Fiction: Issue #1

Remnants

by Barbara Harroun
 
 

We noticed first about Percy not his bubble butt or magnified goldfish eyes looming behind thick glasses, nor his crooked, wide-spaced teeth, but the exquisite beauty of his mother. We noticed how she crouched down to straighten his maroon tie (those the days of Catholic uniforms) and gaze…Read more