Fiction

"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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"Decrepit Dinos #3" by Jennifer Lothrigel, Photograph, Mud Season Review

NONFICTION: ISSUE #13

Whacking a Doe

By Alexander Barbolish
 
 

It took three shots to kill my first deer. The first bullet hit at the base of her lungs and exited out the left shoulder. With awkward, halting leaps, the doe bounded forward about twenty yards and then stopped. I rose from the weeds along the tree line and walked out into the field, focusing on the dark hole in the middle of her side.
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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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Secret Path by Caitlin Crowley, Medium Format Film Photography Darkroom Print, 8"x10", Mud Season Review

FICTION: ISSUE #11

Say Uncle

by Robert Earle
 
 

As my father parked at the strip mall on Germantown Pike, a man walked in front of our car toward Filbert’s pharmacy. He was shorter and heavier and his hairline had receded more, but he looked like my father…
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"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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Mike Minchin, Mud Season Review author

Visceral, vicarious experience

Robin Lauzon Parker interviews
Michael Minchin

 

Our fiction editor, Robin Lauzon Parker, recently spoke with Michael Minchin, author of Issue #7’s “In the Bodies of Beautiful Fish.” Here’s what he had to say about the roots of the story, his attention to sound and image, and the type of writing that inspires him….Read more

Hubert Vigilla, Mud Season Review author

Odd conceits and ornate constructions

Robin Lauzon Parker interviews
Hubert Vigilla

 

Our fiction editor, Robin Lauzon Parker, recently spoke with Hubert Vigilla, author of Issue #6’s “The Goddamned Caped Canaveral.” Here’s what he had to say about finding inspiration, making his own enthusiasm come through on the page, and how he came to write about a motorcycle daredevil…Read more

Shannon Reed, Mud Season Review fiction author

Time and my subconscious

Robin Lauzon Parker interviews
Shannon Reed

 
 

Our fiction editor, Robin Lauzon Parker, recently spoke with Shannon Reed, author of Issue #5’s The Buddhists. Here’s what she had to say about her process, her inspirations, and what she’s working on now.
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