Broken Hearts by Laird Long

Listen to this story on the podcast.

The house was in the hot part of Hollywood. The part where the sun doesn’t shine tourist-bright and pleasant, but rather hot and oppressive; the part where you’d never dream in your wildest scar-dust dreams that there was a great big, cool blue ocean only five miles away. In this part of Hollywood, people were actually punished for their sins.

The house was between a pool hall on the right and a vacant lot on the left. It was a nice house — for a midget. It was bigger than a cardboard box but smaller than a coffin.Read the rest

Posted in Stories Tagged with: , ,

Red Bait by Edd Vick & Manny Frishberg

Listen to this story on the podcast.

An amber bulb lit up on the board and Audrey Cain reflexively inserted a plug into the hole below it.

“Mr. Gray’s office. May I help you?” she asked as automatically as she had made the connection. She barely heard the name on the other end of the line before plugging in the wire to connect the call and disconnecting herself.

Another light flashed and she repeated the process, inserting the name of one of the district sales managers, Walter Huff. This time she hesitated before pulling her plug and listened to the beginning of the conversation.Read the rest

Posted in Stories Tagged with: , , ,

Honeymoon Sweet nominated for Anthony Award

Congratulations to Craig Faustus Buck, whose story Honeymoon Sweet (reprinted in Plan B Vol V) has been nominated for a 2015 Anthony Award.

Also, his new novel, Go Down Hard was released today.

Double congratulations, Craig!… Read the rest

Posted in Uncategorized

The Double Iron Cross by William E. Wallace

Listen to this story on the podcast.

I stayed in bed, pretending to be asleep until Nola left for work. I needed to piss and take a dump in the worst way but I knew if I got up while she was still home, she would get into it with me about getting out of the apartment and finding a fucking job.

So I held out, lying with my back toward her and breathing as quietly as I could until she finished her toast and coffee, pulled her purse off the hook in the closet and left.

Thirty seconds after I heard her turn her key in the door, I slid out of bed and staggered to the john, barely making it in time.Read the rest

Posted in Stories Tagged with: , ,

Fill In The Blanks by Stephen D. Rogers

Listen to this story on the podcast.

Tom represented what I always wanted in a man. That he exhibited the qualities of kindness and humor and strength might not have been apparent to me at first, but the more time we spent together, the more he revealed himself to be the man I’d dreamt of finding.

Dancing around the topic of marriage, we’d discussed the future, the benefits of moving in together, the possibility of children and a dog.

Then Tom was dead, shot once in the chest and once in the head.

I wasn’t there to witness my world fall apart, wasn’t there to perhaps alter events.… Read the rest

Posted in Stories Tagged with: ,

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to Plan B and receive notifications of new stories by email.