“Eldritch” by Gary D. Rhodes

Nobody laughed when everybody laughed. The top floor was not. Above it, limbs, gnarled teeth. So much, severed. Even the blood drinks blood. Below, fertile insanity. Lungs slither cross the ceiling, breathing for ghouls that don’t exist. I saw myself over and over again, doppelgänged, throppelgänged. One of me wheezed at me from the crawlspace. […]

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“Gray” by Gerald So

Fading bleakly, / truer to life…. Noir’s original palette projects no choice for all in the frame, their desperate acts fading bleakly, truer to life than we care to say. Gerald So edits The Five-Two weekly crime poetry site. Previously he served as an officer of The Short Mystery Fiction Society and fiction editor for Kevin Burton Smith’s www.thrillingdetective.com.

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“Stranger Dangers: Sexuality, Adolescence and The End of Everything” by K.A. Laity

Abbott uses the crime and its investigation to upend all manner of assumptions about how we view girls and – as narrator Lizzie discovers – how they view themselves and one another. Megan Abbott’s 2011 crime novel The End of Everything deals with the situation most parents dread – and most news outlets exploit: the […]

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