Contemporary Fiction


Artist in Residence

A Louisiana folk musician is uneasy around his nephew’s new teacher. How can a Northerner understand Creole traditions?  More

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The Awkwards

Hector parlayed a gift for computing into a good yet unsatisfying gig at QVC. But just when he was ready to quit the television network, More


A chance encounter between an Iraq War vet and an Iraqi immigrant awakens painful memories. More

The Payback Present

“Payback may not be nice. It may not be pretty. But it certainly goes a long way toward evening the score. If I let Bubba More

Like It’s Your Last

Recently divorced self-help junkie Bernie Bennis annoys family and friends with his “live each day like it’s your last” philosophy — but what if today More

Gift box on a wooden floor
The Birthday Call

A young woman receives belated birthday wishes from her aging father, who promises her a present. But when the package arrives, the gift isn’t what More

Father pleading with his son
The House Will Be Rubble

Hoping to gain hero status in his son’s eyes, an out-of-work father says yes to anything his 6-year-old wants for an entire day.  More


In a playground war of worm-whipping debauchery, a boy must decide if he’s a bully or a Romeo.  More

Saved by the Bell

A college grad’s quest for financial freedom leads to a bidding war over a centuries-old heirloom.  More


A lifelong feud forged through competitive birdwatching is interrupted by tragedy, leading two rivals to an unlikely understanding.  More

Dancing skeletons
The Parties Involved

Urged by his literary agent, a recently single author attends a Halloween party despite his better judgment.  More

Sausage in tongs
Blood Sausage

Carol is making a special dish for her husband tonight, but the meal has unintended (and potentially fatal) consequences.  More

Dark alley
The Alley

Sara’s parents warned her about the alley, but she isn’t afraid of anything — not even the beast that lives in the mysterious shadow behind More

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