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The Criminal Climate in The Door That Faced West

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Throughout life, hope for a better future can encourage us to strive for our own betterment and to contribute to that of our family, friends, and community, but the circumstances of our birth can dictate what options we have available. If the options are grim, we have few choices, and […]

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New Bizarro Author Review #28: Grambo by Dustin Reade

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by J. W. Wargo Id Says:EHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhh…! What’s that, sonny? Martha’s like most any other old fuck. She likes church, shopping malls, and drives out into the country with her grandchildren. She’s kind and generous and all that other shit that makes old grannies your favorite kind of cheek-pinching person. One […]

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Twisted Tuesday: Vintage Knife Throwing

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by Tracy Vanity Also known as the “impalement arts,” throwing knives at a human target dates back to the 1st century and has been commonly seen in vaudeville acts, carnivals, and circus sideshows. This great art is still practiced today. The Great Throwdini is currently the fastest and most famous […]

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Flash Fiction Friday: The Perfect Fit

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by Grant Wamack Sherry Haueer sat on a park bench sipping on glue and flipping through the latest issue of Jigsaw Now! But she couldn’t help but admire all the beautiful couples, walking hand in hand. All of them fit together so perfectly. Sherry grew jealous of the other jigsaw […]

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The Flotsam and Jetsam of History: Some of Why I Like Writing Historical Fiction

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If you love words as I do, you’ve got to love history.  Although many expressions that came into existence long ago are still in use and their meanings as idioms are clear to us, the original meanings of the phrases may be lost without a search in history.  Sometimes the […]

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The Tea House: The Stories at Your Fingertips

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by S.T. Cartledge Today’s Tea House post is brought to you by Oolong tea. Most of the time I’m like your everyday tea drinker, a great way to start the day is with a good black tea, milk and sugar, nice and sweet. Irish Breakfast, preferably. Oolong is not like […]

Twisted Tuesdays: Bizarro Animated Short Festival

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by Tracy Vanity Nothing is more soothing and inspiring than a dose of weird animation. Just like with Bizarro fiction, there are things you can do in animation that can be impossible to recreate in real life. Not only are all these shorts bizarre and well-crafted, they also convey ideas […]

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The Tea House: Making a Genius

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by Spike Marlowe Today is brought to you by peppermint tea. Lately, I’ve been running into the concept of modern artists using the concept of what could effectively be called a muse in their creative processes. For example, Steven Pressfield (author of numerous books, most notably The Legend of Bagger […]