Stories

“A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is.”

Flannery O’Connor

Interview with SFK Author Sarah Jilek

Interview with SFK Author Sarah Jilek

Saint Catastrophe by Sarah Jilek What Do You Do When a Cult Kicks You Out? All Beth Riddle wanted was a family, but having failed to rescue her childhood friend from the clutches of a dangerous cult leader, the twenty-something graduate student must gather her own...
Permineralization | Fiction

Permineralization | Fiction

TW: relationship violence *** Permineralization (n): the process of fossilization involving deposits of mineral-rich groundwater seeping into the cracks of buried organisms and solidifying We find my fossils in Glen Rose, Texas. My team, a group composed of one...
Close | Fiction

Close | Fiction

The dream the man was having gave him the warm-fuzzies, the type of comfort that can only come from the things you love: a warm blanket, a favorite shirt or jeans, the feel of your child’s face between your hands. They were symbols of what was right in your world,...
Human Dead Things | Fiction

Human Dead Things | Fiction

She’s here again. An upper-crust dreamboat in heels. Her long blond hair like a ribbon flying behind her. Me, I like to slick my hair down and look like Twiggy minus the twigs. As I pull an earbud from my ear, I shut off the slicer and go to greet her. I know...
Just Like the Tales Mama Told Me | Fiction

Just Like the Tales Mama Told Me | Fiction

Mama would be proud of me. My skin soft from Olay, my head all full of confidence and water. Near enough to being a god like one of them mythic creatures she read me when I was too young to fill out a dress the way I do now. Legs thick. Butt looking good. Got the men...
The Bird Avenger | Fiction

The Bird Avenger | Fiction

Numbers are a random way to measure life. Thirty years on this earth. Thirty days in a month. Thirty days until my next period. Thirty bucks to fill the car. Thirty days of community service. Thirty hours until I surrender to the county sheriff. Thirty days in jail....