The Witch of the Narrows

The Witch of the Narrows by Phillip McCollum You wouldn’t believe me if I told you it was all hearsay and legend. But I know you, Pat, and you’re gonna be stuck in one of your funks, unable to let it go, completely useless to me as a client and a friend. So, I may as well tell you what …

Our Modern Hope

Our Modern Hope by Phillip McCollum Embarrassingly, it didn’t take much for Mitchell Lacombe to overcome his inclination to vertigo two years ago and sign up for the Spaceketeers. His mother nagged him to put away the video games, get off the couch, and do something worth a damn. The world needed somebody to step up, she had said, so …

Captain Coffee

Captain Coffee by Phillip McCollum Captain Coffee preferred a French roast. Lighter brews would seem more the Captain’s speed, but they lacked the complex, chocolatey undertones that made life worth living. Undertones that gave him purpose. The light-reflecting puddles of oil floating on the coffee’s surface represented islands of refuge from the surrounding darkness. Islands the Captain felt an obligation …

A Letter to the Gubamint

A Letter to the Gubamint by Phillip McCollum Darryl was already agitated when Karrie insisted on digging into him some more. “You think they care? You’re wastin’ your time!” Over the years, Darryl had figured out that holding his tongue and letting his wife air out her feelings was the quickest way to resolution, but by God, she never made …

The Ignominy of the Devil

The Ignominy of the Devil by Phillip McCollum Fergus separated a portion of the venetian blinds and watched the man plod up the stairs to the second-story apartment. Now, Fergus didn’t consider himself a completely impatient person, but good God, it was going to be a struggle to not kill this guy as soon as he walked through the door. …

Home for a Fish

Home for a Fish by Phillip McCollum It was small, yellow, and swimming tiny circles inside a discarded tin of SPAM. “Oh, Larry. You know I’ll take most anything from you, no questions asked, but gimme a break here. You’re taking this to a whole other level.” Larry hunched over the opposite side of the glass counter. Zora could …