Congratulations to the winner of The Furious Gazelle’s 2022 Halloween Contest: Matthue Roth for his story “The Man With The Hat” Thank you to all who submitted and Happy Halloween!
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October 25 A fiery red Pinto Roundabout maneuvers into the driveway across the street. The gleam from its rail bumper refracts the sunlight like the North Star. You watch this new arrival and mentally compare it to Sebastian Stewart’s invitation to show you his penis behind the Prentiss High basketball bleachers. Intriguing? Sure. But in […]
As soon as Edie’s Uncle Sly came to visit, she wanted to kick him right back out. It was how he entered the house like he owned it, left his oversized tweed suitcase sitting directly in front of the stairs. He wore a jacket beneath his jacket—tweed, but not matching—and a tie and dark sunglasses […]
This is what I know to be true about the New Vernon House in Chepachet, Rhode Island. In 1835, the Vernon family home burnt to the ground, claiming the lives of Constance Vernon, 38, and Matthew Vernon, 7. Thomas Vernon, 45, and his surviving sons, George, 16, and John, 13, buried their loved ones on […]
The small graveyard, tucked in, almost hidden, past the hills and meadows is nearly empty. I stop my car in the square of pebbles in front, take the plastic bag lying in the passenger seat and step out into the howling wind. The gate shuts on its own behind me with a thick thud. I […]
The teeth were too big for Maggie. The wax gums slipped along her molars and stabbed her flesh until she couldn’t bear it and took them out. “Why’d you go and do that?” Brother Daniel asked. “No one’ll know what you’re s’posed to be.” “They hurt.” she said, dropping the little rubber fangs into her […]
Hardly anyone paid much attention to me until my execution. Or, that isn’t entirely true. I had an incredible amount of attention paid to me when I was a baby. But that attention wasn’t any fun at all. I don’t remember it, but I can be pretty sure. It can’t have been much fun to […]
“Stay with us, stay with us,” the swarm of ghouls yelled at me just after dawn on Halloween morning. Witches had snatched my three-hour-old baby, taking her so I could not see her. Her cries from being torn away from my breast tore through me, but the ghouls told my husband, who now held our […]
Elegy and Praise Hymn If ever I dream of the crooked trees with green around the trunks, dripping water from their twigs, believe me, I’ve found the spot for my burial.
Gordo, Alabama, USA. October 31st, 1933. Charlie Wannemaker and Eddie Brackett spent the afternoon making the exemplary scarecrow. First they’d dragged the ragged old scarecrow off its stake down on ol’ Henderson’s corn field. They folded its straw-filled limbs up nice and tight and toted him in a red wagon all the way to Charlie’s […]