"The face I saw was one I knew - and also one I didn't. The features were the same as those I'd seen so many times in the locker room picture, but gone were the big smile and bright eyes that not even an old grainy black and white photo could hide. The face I looked at now was vacant somehow. Distant. There were wrinkles along his cheeks and around his eyes. And his eyes looked... man, his eyes looked dead." By Tom Waltz. (6 Pages)
"She casually locked the doors with her infrared remote control. She seemed cool as a cucumber, but she was crazy about that Star-Trek-like gadget, and had never quite got over it. 'Beam me up Scotty,' she thought." Why is the most beautiful girl in the world paying a visit to a plastic surgeon? And why are the letters SoL engraved on her gun?" By Guillaume Destot. (3 Pages)
"Most were men just older than himself, late thirties, early forties; they weren`t bums, indeed a few of them had a few quid, new motors, were building their own houses, family men. Yet as he took in their faces, he was struck by the same pervading degeneracy and low-life guile." By Bruce Downie. (3 Pages)
"Virginia called us that night and then she only called us a few more times. The calls stopped. The next week she didn't show up for class. It was odd, but so was she, so neither one of us thought too much about it until we got a phone call from a man called Earl Hagbard." By Anita Dalton. (7 Pages)
THE MUSEUM OF THE PLAINS INDIANS
This is a story that really hits home for some people. For others, it`s a chilling episode of The Twilight Zone that never made it to film. Fast-paced, remember to breathe again when it`s over! By Jon Baldwin (5 pages).
``Hey, hey, come ere for a sec fella,`` the man said in a raspy voice.
Marty walked up to him, getting real close to his face.
``You wanna buy some rock? Good shit man, only the best for you.``
``I don`t like rocks, I like birds, but sometimes I skip rocks in the creek.``
``You got any money? I`m telling ya, this shit will make you fly.``
``I got money, I always told Grandma I would fly some day.``
``You all fucked up, ain`t ya fella? You one of the biggest mo fuckers I ever laid eyes on. Come on, follow me, we gonna go fly.`` By Nicholas Morgan (4 pages).
`The Shortbreads love their bike more than anything in the world. They love clothes, and the right pair of sunglasses, and fucking and being flash, and Annie in particular loves choosing out mornings from her collection of ear and nose studs. But nothing beats squeezing their bodies up close together, Annie in front, Dawn behind, on the seat of their silver and black enameled beloved. Killer, they call it. . .` By Vincent Abbate (5 pages).
You can never be sure about your neighbors. Especially when you keep hearing strange noises. It gets you thinking. It makes you wonder, What are they up to in there? By Colin Pink (5 pages).
THE DOORMAN AND ME
Yo, taxi! By Frederick Zackel (2 pages).
Visit Southern Florida`s twisted underworld as seen through the eyes of a man trying to escape his recent past, but first he must realize that some things aren`t quite as they seem. By Simon Marshland (7 pages).
Making a debut as 3 A.M. Publishing`s first writer from the U.K., author Bruce Downie tells a short tale of action and suspense in the bloody streets of England. (1 page)
LUNCH WITH MY EVIL FUTURE SELF
The title says it all! By Charles Anders (2 pages).
JOINING THE CLUB
Featuring Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and Jim Morrison. A discussion of the impending suicide of Kurt Cobain. By Tom Waltz (1 page).
SWEET FANNY ADAMS
Sweet Fanny Adams, that fine broad on the Eurostar train. By Andrew Gallix (2 pages).
Make UP, by Michael Petrie, U.K. (13 pages)
Allergies? You`ll never sneeze again without this strange story coming to mind. By Joey Anderson (1 page).
`I`m looking at my friend. He`s dying, and I killed him. I don`t think any of you know what it`s like to kill a friend...` By Joel Youngblood (7 pages).
MARGARET MEAD WAS WRONG
A short story by twice-novelist Frederick Zackel, 3 A.M. author of The Doorman and Me.
DIRTY MINDED: FOUR CHAMBERS
A short story by twenty-six year old California native, Kimberly Nichols. This is her debut on 3 A.M. PUBLISHING.COM
A quirky and surreal story by the author of Noises Off, Colin Pink.
Life doesn't get any better than this. (1 page) By Nicholas Morgan.
THE SOMEDAY CAFE
Where all the dreamers unite... (4 pages). By Kaley Noonan.
SYMPHONY FOR THE DEVIL
A work of surreal fiction (5 pages). By Wordhunger.
Admit it - everyone's tried acid at one point growing up. But during class? (6 pages). By Ed Hamilton.
TAIL IN TRUNK
I sat down behind the massive trunk of the tree and looked into the jungle, six o’clock from where the mother was laying, my mind reeling, waiting for my father to pick up his gun again and finish her off, butcher her family, take their tusks, sell their ivory, whatever it was he did for his living out here. (3 pages). By Mike Mellish.
My mom worked as an emergency attendant in the crises center at a hospital when I was little, around nine or ten years old, and I remember that when she didn’t have the time or money for a babysitter she would just bring me to work with her. I used to play around the colorful plastic chairs and the long comfy couches with my Transformers or He-Man figures. I would only play alone, because otherwise I would get a little embarrassed that I still liked to pretend. I remember, I would play for hours on end, lost in my pretend imaginary world, and then all a sudden somebody would bring the crying daughter of a mother who is in ER, getting windshield glass removed from her skull.. (7 pages). By Mike Mellish.
HAPPY CORN BELT
"I'll take some eggs," Josephine said, her voice resentful under the boot. Lois licked her fingers at the stove. She'd put Crisco into a cast iron pan, which was still crusty from the night before. With her left hand she cracked eggs into the pan. The Crisco melted like slush. Her cigarette hung between her lips. "You'll get eggs when you ask God to forgive you for wantin' to wear that short skirt."
An extract from Backwoods East Jesus, Kaley Noonan's new online novel.
"The breeze rattled his window latch a little and breathed life into his room. It would be a fruitful night, he was sure of that, what with the weather wet all day and now so mild and windy, yes, the washing lines would be full." Nicking the Knicker Picker in Bruce Downie's short story.
PETERSON & SON AUTOMOTIVE
"It was the freckles that made her so beautiful. . . Her name felt like peppermint candy on my tongue. . . The Mustang was a gem, all clean metal and tight hoses and eight-cylinder horsepower under the hood. . . The spark plugs of Cindy Claire's car were as clean as her white shoes, hardly even worn. . . In that split second, though, my own mother didn't know who I was. . . I followed her mane of hair and those long legs outside. . . Mud covered her new white shoes. . . 'Cindy Claire,' I whispered to the night, rolling her name across my tongue. . ."
Discover Michael Jasper's brilliant new short story.
THE SUBURBAN ARMY
"We mobilize in the morning in Darby's backyard.
Everybody is late, including Darby. It takes us a
twenty minutes to round up lawn chairs to accommodate
everyone. And there still aren't enough, so Darby
sends his kids to the park three blocks down to fetch
picnic tables." By Marcos A. Uzueta. (3 Pages)
girlfriend, though, was a pumpkin after midnight — no magic left — so much for double
dating. My brother would need a carving knife to get her to smile, and even
then all he'd be left with would be a scary jack-o-lantern that wasn't going to give
him a ride." By Gordon Polatnick. (5 Pages)
THE BANTER FILE
"My success is directly attributable
to the fact that I scream louder than the guy telling me "no" and I always,
always get the last word. I realize this is abrupt, but time is the one
luxury I do not have an abundance of at this point." By Justin Shaw. (3 Pages)
PART OF THE RITUAL
"If you think about it, addiction is a small price to pay for living in divinity, isn't it?
The thing that I never figured out was that divinity wouldn't ask you to sink
so low to get so high." By Jim Martin. (5 Pages)
" 'Get off him, nigga!' boomed a deep, stern voice. A monster of a man wearing black shorts and a white tank top emerged from the group, pushing the others aside like Moses parting the Red Sea." By Jason Duke. (3 Pages)
|3 A.M. MAGAZINE - SHORT SHORTS
Byte Sized - 1st Edition
A collection of short-shorts to go.
"Inside a Window" by Vincent Abbate; "Internet Use and Impotence" by Foog; "Bob's Your Uncle," "Still Life," "Enough Ribena to Incarnadine the Multitudinous Seas," and "The Pedestrian Poet of the Left Bank" by Andrew Gallix.
Byte Sized - 2nd Edition
In this issue's collection of short-shorts and poems: "Giselle" and "A Defeat" by Guillaume Destot, "It all Makes Scents" by Chris Fields, "The Naked Brunch" and "Blah, Blah, Blah: Waiting for the Waiter" by Andrew Gallix, "Puncture Wound" by Michael Petrie, and "Sporks" by Jane Tieman.
Byte Sized - 3rd Edition
Lucie Aveliere, Chris Fields, Andrew Gallix, Kaley Noonan, Michael Petrie and Jane Tieman.
Byte Sized - 4th Edition
Byte-Sized: More lit-lite for an accelerated culture by Vincent Abbate, Jason Borne, Matt Devereux and Greg Farnum