A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Grey Man Walking Past” by David Kotok

The hammer is hard under the pillow. I sacrifice the cushion at my chest for the comfort of my cheek. The wooden handle is reassuring somehow, the cold metal lump of the head more so. It wasn’t my idea. The waitress at the Eastern Promise, the new girl with dyed tresses and ribbons, talked about…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Road of Dreams” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe

A young woman appears on the road in mid-step, and a silvery peal of chimes fills the air of the tower chamber. “A special one. A strong dreamer,” Lady Felicity says. She tries to see better and nearly falls, bracing herself against the wall until she’s steady again. The strong dreamer teeters in cheap high…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Frogbaby” by Brett Petersen

It was an icy Friday evening at the beginning of February. Sheila stood by Dan’s side as he read the incomplete manuscript of Abe And Lily Visit Mazgua City to teens with cancer at the same hospital where they had lost Ryan. Dan meant to finish the book that week, but the emotional gravity that hung…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Returnal” by Connor Phillips

The dreams, when they do come, are full of their faces, waiting and watching at the edge of the woods. You can hear the sneaking mutter of their schemes to trick you and trap you back into their blame. You don’t feel afraid though, just buried in anger. You spit and seethe, you belch and…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “The Dream Lover” by Lindsay Zibach

“We’re good together,” I said. “Perfect together,” you sighed. “I wish we could be together every night for the rest of my life.” I surged with equal parts ecstasy and despair. What did you mean, “every night?” I couldn’t have imagined you would be ashamed to be with someone like me. I thought nothing of…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “I Dream of Desiree” by Rohit Sawant

I looked around the empty ice-rink. Even then, I knew I was in some intra-cranial world and that my eyes were bouncing from side to side under my lids, like an organic metronome keeping dream time. My only company the diffused reflection glued to my boots as I walked gingerly, and I read shapes in…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “God Is A Rabbit” by J. Robert Kane

“Cause of death, blunt-force trauma,” man’s voice says. “Wrongful death.” Rebecca lays upon a surgical table unable to move, though she’s not bound. The cold touch of the surgical steel table pressed against her back and buttocks, the backs of her legs and calves. She must be nude. But I’m not dead Panic takes her….

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “Tabula Rasa” by William Curnow

The first thing Jack did when he got home was to go to the workbench and examine the block, comparing it to the sketch. He traced the scar that crossed the surface. If he cut here and here… Yes, that might work. He drew the new design onto the block. Almost. A change to that…

A TRANSCENDENT Excerpt: “The Wretched Noblesse” by Case C. Capehart

The nice thing about working at a department store in the suburbs was the storeroom. Only employees could be back there. His store had a giant compactor he fed cardboard boxes into that would crunch it all down into a four-foot-by-four-foot cube that weighed as much as a smart car. On Tuesday mornings, Todd would…