Seven Brand New Stories
Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders for free through BlackDenimLit.com. This month we brings together sixty pages of bold, intriguing new fiction from Oscar Windsor-Smith, Robert Carlton, Steven Crandell, Michael Fontana, Phil Richardson, Chad Greene and Craig Temple.
A LESSON FROM THE ROAD Bob Carlton 1050 words. Ben considers his options and prejudices with a young hitchhiker.OUR IMMORTAL SOULS Phil Richardson 3800 words. Amanda and Corwin work out the details of how to comply with the negative population growth policies. “We could fake your death—say you jumped into a volcano. It would be hard but we could do it….”
MAPS AND MIRACLES Michael Fontana 1250 words “The snowman bore two blue stones for eyes, a carrot for a nose, and a crack pipe in what should have been its mouth.”
TAILING THE BLOND SATAN Oscar Windsor-Smith 2600 words. Officer Winston Morgan, a strapping broad-shouldered guy in a white sweatshirt and blue jeans works a coldcase that no one else will touch.
BEST BABY Craig Temple 650 words. A beleaguered mother pursues answers to what makes the best baby.
INTO OPEN HANDS Steven Crandell 2200 words. A widower considers his path, the complexity of societal expectation and precept when there is nothing left.
DRILL & KILL Chad Greene 5700 words. Mr. Black teaches his way through absurd post-9/11 era changes to the staff, faculty and students in his rural school.