Featured stories

– and their starting date in the lives of our characters

Warriors

Jon works hard to prevent a young man from juvenile detention, but begins to doubt his own motives.

Portrait of a Killer

Carrie has finally ditched both drugs and her violent boyfriend. Is it time to get rid of her gun, too?

That Which Cannot Be Broken

When Carrie is a witness to bikers assaulting a man, she has to make yet another choice about life or death.

His Last and First Breath

Jons miraculous survival in a flash flood sets off a confrontation with his PTSD from the Iraq war. And it may just destroy his family.

Like Blood In A Darkroom

Carrie, Lin, Lars and Alan meet for one last time in an isolated holiday house to party all night before they go their separate ways after high school. But as the clock ticks toward new year, only one thing is truly clear about the future: That nothing is.

Boats Against The Current

What would you do if you had ruined the first meeting with someone who could have been your best friend? Carrie has to find out quickly after her first meeting with Lin – at an insane party where everyone has a secret.

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an online collection of linked short stories

contemporary electronic literature

a family saga spanning three generations

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Christopher Marcus

Reflections about ...

Electronic literature

“In general, as I have taken to saying to colleagues suspicious of all the buzz about digital technologies, the stake for literary studies in the digital age is not first of all technological. It is to follow the living language of human thought, hope, love, desire—and hate too—wherever it goes and wherever it has the capacity to be literary, even if the form, style, or grammar of such literariness does not always conform to canonical standards.”

– professor Alan Liu, “From reading to social computing” in Literary Studies in the Digital Age – An Evolving Anthology

Short stories

“[Virginia Woolf] said of photography; ‘Isn’t it odd how much more one sees in a photograph than in real life?’ This gives us, I think, a clue to the enduring power and appeal of the short story – short stories are snapshots of the human condition and of human nature, and when they work well, and work on us, we are given the rare chance to see in them more ‘than in real life.’.”

William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart and Brazzaville Beach

Novels in stories

“Life is a loose-flowing thing. There are no plot stories in life.”

– Sherwood Anderson

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