“Tit for Tat” by William Cass, read by Mushtaq Kapasi

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. Click here for the Youtube video. Gwen said, “You smell like you.”  She snuggled closer.  “That’s good,” I said.  “I mean, I guess.” I felt her face smile on my bare chest.  She whispered, “It is.” The scent of our lovemaking was still in the air.  Gwen’s … More “Tit for Tat” by William Cass, read by Mushtaq Kapasi

“The List” by Bernard O’Keeffe, read by Flo Gennari

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. Click here for the Youtube video. Harry knows Christmas is getting close when two things appear on his living room mantelpiece. The first is the Lindt Chocolate Advent Calendar. The second is The List. Each morning in the four weeks running up to the big day Harry … More “The List” by Bernard O’Keeffe, read by Flo Gennari

“The Lesson” by Thomas Kearnes, read by Matt Fleming

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. Click here for the Youtube video. That young, still in junior high, I didn’t know why I was so impressed with Clayton March. I was, however, damn impressed. As he strutted toward us, his narrow torso and twitching hips lent him a tough femininity that made … More “The Lesson” by Thomas Kearnes, read by Matt Fleming

“The Happiness Gene” by Cheryl Powell, read by Saffron Chan

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. Malc was in the therapist’s consulting room brimming with happiness. Miss Dankworth was wearing her pinched face again and Malc smiled, trying to put her at her ease. “Why, Miss Dankworth, that pink sweater really suits you,” he said. “Such a pretty colour.” He thought that … More “The Happiness Gene” by Cheryl Powell, read by Saffron Chan

“Recurrence” by Stewart McKay, read by Mateena Hammad

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. I remember nothing from before my tenth birthday. My first memory is my father’s hand on my shoulder awakening me from a deep, deep sleep in the right-hand back seat of our car. A slither of drool hanging from my cheek. We are in the driveway … More “Recurrence” by Stewart McKay, read by Mateena Hammad

“Dicks” by Zarina Zabrisky, read by Angus Gallagher

  Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. Sergey woke up one morning without his dick. He remembered reading a story about something like this in school—it was by Gogol—and in the story, a guy’s nose ran away. But this was not his nose. This was his dick. What did this make him, … More “Dicks” by Zarina Zabrisky, read by Angus Gallagher

“A Dancer’s Shadow” by Mark Sadler, read by Vesper Liu

Performed at “Shadow & Substance” on February 25, 2019. Click here for the Youtube video. During the night, the door connecting to the street had blown open and the snow had flurried inside. A stooped man was shovelling at the drift with the short-handled coal scoop from the boiler room. Olia climbed the stairs to … More “A Dancer’s Shadow” by Mark Sadler, read by Vesper Liu