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April 2015 Pilcrow & Dagger April 2015 volume 1 No. 3 Editor LeeAnn Rhoden Subscription Services Subscriptions orders can be made at subscriptions or by mail Pilcrow & Dagger PO Box 2261 Evans GA 30809 Include your address with all inquiries allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery. Editor A. Marie Silver Graphic Artists Sue Hymel Sarah Smith Advisory Board Christopher L. Silver Mack Rhoden Advertising Information Direct all advertising questions for Pilcrow & Dagger to info or download the Media Kit about advertising Featured Authors Glen Armstrong Andrew Benson Peter Burzynski Sarah Clayville Paul Colby Jessica Eckerstorfer Cam Flanagan Cheryl Holt Donna Janke Gwendolyn Kiste Roy M ller Alice Osborn James Overstreet Kristopher Rue Greg Wagner Porter Yelton Letters & Correspondence Please send all letters correspondence and feedback to info or Pilcrow & Dagger PO Box 2261 Evans GA 30809 Cover Art A. Marie Silver Special Author Liz Schulte Printed By Claffey Printing Augusta GA Editors Note Everyone has a hometown. A hometown is that place where you feel most comfortable free to let your hair down and the skeletons out of your closet. It s also where you ll build memories that last a lifetime. In one of our hometowns there were four tight-knit sisters who wrote and performed plays. The town bully was a clever trickster always cheating people into painting his aunt s picket fence for him. And the general store was managed by an over-bearing busy-body who spread gossip like mayo. In another hometown there was the old woman who lived in the gingerbread house and named most of the streets before they were streets and the five guys who lived under the bridge we called the trolls. These are our hometown memories. For this the Hometown Issue we asked writers to send us their hometown stories. These writers took us to bars where everyone even death has a name (The Rarest of All). They introduced us to their introverted neighbor around whom the nastiest of rumors swirled (The Woman was a Witch). And they reminded us that sometimes it s the quiet guys you better not turn your back on (Insinuations). This issue collects stories and poems from authors willing to share their love and quirks of their hometowns. We know you ll enjoy them as much as we do. - LeeAnn and A. Marie Editors Subscribe to Pilcrow & Dagger Choose Print 65.00 Digital 20.00 (Add 3.00 for shipping inside the US and 10 for shipping outside US) Name _____________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________ City __________________________State _________Zip____________ Email _____________________________________________________ Mail to Pilcrow & Dagger PO Box 2261 Evans GA 30809 You can also go online to subscribe subscriptions Table of Contents Short Stories Fiction Moment of Silence By Paul Colby Page..............................................................7 Blueberry Pie By Donna Janke Page............................................................14 The Rarest of All By Andrew C. G. Benson Page............................................................19 The Woman Was a Witch By Gwendolyn Kiste Page............................................................30 The Harvard Letter By Greg Wagner Page............................................................40 Insinuations By Sarah Clayville Page............................................................51 Only If You Make It By James Overstreet Page............................................................54 Ashcrest at Sunset By Kristopher Rue Page............................................................63 Short Stories Non-Fiction Mullets and Livermush By Porter Yelton Page............................................................12 Home By Porter Yelton Page............................................................60 Table of Contents Poetry Why It Be Not Me By Cam Flanagan Page..............................................................11 Soft Edinburgh Rain By Roy M ller Page..............................................................18 Always on Sundays By Alice Osborn Page..............................................................24 Poet Matters By Peter Burzynski Page.............................................................38 Holding It Together By Cheryl Holt Page...............................................................50 One Headlight By Glen Armstrong Page...............................................................53 The Wind Is All I Need By Cam Flanagan Page...............................................................62 Essay No. 135 By Jessica Eckerstorfer Page...............................................................25 Special Feature A Game of 20 Questions with Liz Schulte Interview with Author Liz Schulte Page...............................................................34 Miscellany Miscellany (mis-uh-ley-nee) n. 1. a miscellaneous collection or group of various or somewhat unrelated items. 2. a miscellaneous collection of literary compositions or pieces by several authors dealing with various topics assembled in a volume or book. Miscellany is a new feature we ve added to our magazine. It offers a miscellany of tidbits and whatnot that you ll find interesting. Don t miss out Looking for Something to Do We ve gathered the most up-to-date information for upcoming Literary Festivals and Writers Conferences throughout the month of May in the U.S. Canada Australia New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Get yourself a single issue to check it out or better yet a subscription so you ll know what s happening for the rest of the year. Now go plan that working vacation Issue Release Dates January 15 2015 Premier Issue March 1 2015 April 15 2015 May 30 2015 July 14 2015 August 28 2015 October 12 2015 November 26 2015 Be sure to get every issue Subscribe today at subscriptions How Many Have You Missed Already Moment of Silence By Paul Colby Seth Conley knew he was in trouble when he spotted Buck Skaggs the head usher eyeing him purposefully from halfway across the sanctuary. He had thought he was fairly safe hiding behind his wife s puffy hat and formidable bosom but Helen had suddenly leaned forward to speak to Molly Heckart who was sitting in the pew in front of them. It took about two seconds for Buck to make his way to Seth s pew and ask the question Seth had been dreading Can you help out with the offering today Before Seth had a chance to say anything Buck added in a stage whisper Don t worry about the prayer now. If the preacher nods to you I ll just jump in and do it for you. Buck smiled his widest jolliest flush-faced smile stretching his shaggy mustache like an old-fashioned fan and Seth paused with the word No poised at the brink of his tongue. Paul s story is a romp of a read How do you handle speaking in public To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Blueberry Pie By Donna Janke I ve known Wanda most of my almost sixty years. We were close friends at one time inseparable for a period in our teens. But for my entire adult life I ve had to watch my back. I shake my head sometimes thinking about how long she has nursed misplaced grudges and envy. Wanda is as they say a force to be reckoned with. She just kind of takes over. People defer to her. One scathing look and all dissenters are silenced while others solicit Wanda s opinion with puppy-dog eyes. Of course a doctor s wife in a small town commands respect just by nature of the position. I wonder what they would say if they knew the real Wanda. Ms. Janke s story Blueberry Pie is a look at long-time friendship family and just what we think about ourselve and assume about others. To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Mullets and Livermush By Porter Yelton Lemme get the Wednesday beer special and make it quick says the man in the car in front of me. I realize that such a statement should appall me considering that I m sitting at a drive-thru window but it doesn t. Even if selling cold beer here were legal (which I m pretty sure it isn t) we can generally formulate the idea that indirectly encouraging drunk driving should be frowned upon. Alas as I sit in my car waiting to move up to the dingy window to place my usual order of a two-dollar peach Slushie I am not the least bit surprised. It s the bluntness of it all that authenticates the stereotypes -- the fact that gleaming neon signs reading COLD BEER and 20 Flavors of Chips adorn a small brick building in the middle of a pasture. Or maybe it s that when you take a second look you realize that you weren t actually losing your mind when you thought there was a baby pig scurrying past the banners for all thirty brands of beer. And as if this weren t enough not only can you drive away with a chilled alcoholic beverage in one hand and a bag of pork rinds nestled in the passenger seat like your own precious child but also you have an invaluable wealth of over-the-counter medicine right at your fingertips -- and all for under five dollars. And another story by Porter.... Home As I cross the county line I think I can almost smell the pork rinds and cow manure. I ve only been gone for the weekend but the fresher city air had totally eradicated my sense of home -- until now. I try to steady the wheel even though I want to make a sharp turn across the median and floor the car back in the opposite direction. Out of the corner of my eye I see a subtle smile creep up the side of my dad s face. After a long and arduous three days in the foreign land of the north he s home and he couldn t be happier. I know he s thinking about his weekly outing for barbecue with his friends and that he longs to flow back into the hospitable slow-paced life of the South. I see a twinkle in his eye when we pass the Welcome to Shelby sign but all I can think is that it s written on a dilapidated scrap of chain-link fence. That s the jolly and welcoming emerald gate to our town a piece of chain-link fence -- not even one that was already in place the section was cut specifically to welcome all the rednecks and cow-tippers and lost travelers that enter our city limits. Porter s non-fiction stories bring us into the suthenticity of small town America. Quaint and quirky people that we all know and places that we all have visited. To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Submissions We Accept Fiction Non-fiction Creative Non-fiction Mainstream Horror Humor Fantasy Science Fiction Young Adult Themes Pilcrow & Dagger is a thematic literary magazine. Be sure to check the theme before making a submission for publication. April Home Town Stories May June Travel & Vacation Stories July Mid-summer Dreams August September 1st Day of School themes Be sure to check out the March and April issues Special author interviews April Liz Schulte May June A. J. Lape Who will be next Hmmm... Don t miss out. Get your subscription today. Although we are thematic we are open to and accept ALL submissions. We Don t Accept Stream-of-Consciousness Fan Fiction Erotica Children s Literature Anything overly religious or political submissions Be sure to check the guideline specifics for proper formatting and delivery. We accept submissions from around the globe. If your submission is selected for publication you will be notified 2-4 weeks prior to publication. We do not notify you if your piece was not selected. We accept simultaneous and multiple submissions and if published we hold nonexclusive rights to your work. The Rarest of All By Andrew C. G. Benson Sam stepped into the bar and let the door slam loudly behind him to which every man at the bar took notice. Joe DeNardo s head bolted upright as if he had been struck by lightning while Eddie Coyle s sorry-looking mug slightly peered upward from his stupor. The old man sitting at the small corner table was Mr. Leonetti he was still fast asleep. Sam stood before the barflies with his hands in his pockets before he broke out in a sly grin. Jesus Christ Eddie exclaimed in a slurred but sobering moment of clarity. Joe s jaw had dropped. Frank McIntyre ventured away from the bathroom door suddenly he didn t have to go anymore. What in holy hell... Joe gasped. A lovely ghost story that is both chilling and enchanting. To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. No. 135 By Jessica Eckerstorfer In winter every parent would wrap a scarf around their child s face sending them off to clomp through the streets in heavy boots. Hand-me-down purple snow pants only got heavier as your friends pushed you into snowbanks the snow making them soggy and sopping. Warmer months were filled with bicycles and the ever so popular Razor scooter craze. Of course that fad had its hiccups. The smaller wheels never fared well on the gravel roads forcing everyone to maneuver the smoother concrete gutters propelling yourself off the curb for half the route. Such a greatly flawed system made it impossible for anyone to pass each other forcing us to ride single file down the steep Pine Street hill. Some of the best gossip and the dirtiest stories could be found on those walks home when one first grade boy had kissed three girls on the cheek in the recess line or that day someone threw up all over their spelling book in Mr. Tripp s class forcing the janitor to dump a bucket of saw dust over it or most importantly who had seen David Lipke s pants fall down in art class. Jessica offers us a wonderful essay filled with nostalgia taken from our common memories. To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. The Woman Was a Witch By Gwendolyn Kiste ... peering down the baking aisle after her I realized we hadn t met at all. With no proper introduction her name was still as elusive as ever. Pie pumpkins in tow I cruised through the store and imagined what she might be called. Betty No too traditional I decided as Mrs. Anderson yanked her purse away the moment my neighbor s cart passed by. Sarah Pretty but not exotic enough I thought as Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell clutched their daughter closer as if my neighbor wanted to cook the child for dinner. Mildred I shuddered at the notion. Miss Williams -- who always seemed to wear the same cologne as Mr. Mitchell -- shuddered too. That woman gives me the creeps she said. I almost asked her why but I was too enamored to care. In each issue of Pilcrow & Dagger one story is chosen to be read as a podcast. In this issue we chose The Woman Was a Witch by Gwendolyn Kiste. This is a superb story of a mysterious woman and her neighbor determined to befriend her. Be sure to take a few minutes to listen and enjoy. To read it go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Liz Schulte Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte however didn t always want to be an author. In fact she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian then she wanted to be a lawyer then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more. When Liz isn t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people reading traveling and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky supernatural and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between. A Game of 20 Questions with Liz Schulte P&D Where did your love of storytelling come from Liz Hmmm. I am not really sure. I have always loved reading and television and movies so maybe it was a natural progression. I also remember as a little kid being very imaginative. I would make up stories in my head about everyone I saw. I actually still do that. I look at an apartment building and see the lights in the windows I think to myself who lives here what are their problems etc. Or I see strangers walking down the street and I wonder what their life is like then that spins itself into a story. Once I was driving home and saw a woman with a pram talking to a few teenagers. By the time I got home I had created a story in which she was a drug dealer using the baby as a cover. Inside my head is a twisted place. P&D What inspired you to write within the paranormal genre Liz I have always loved ghosts and anything scary or unexplainable. Diving into fantastical worlds in which the environment is every bit as unpredictable as the emotional roller coaster the characters are traveling on is exhilarating. It allows your mind to take you and the reader as far as imagination allows. P&D Are you a full-time or part-time writer Liz I have been a full-time writer for the past two years. P&D When you were a part-time writer how did you balance writing with a full-time job To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. The Harvard Letter By Greg Wagner At the tail end of a long spring day in the suburb of Huntington when husbands and wives had told the babysitter what to feed the kids and where to find them in case of an emergency guests would start out for Ted and Lisa s house an aging Colonial on Southcrest Court hidden by an ivy covered fence. It was around the corner from Piccolo s a bar where some would invariably begin the night with a cocktail or two and free snacks that were placed on the bar. Ted and Lisa moved there years ago after their first child was born and fell in with a group of friends who allowed them the no-judgments that people in the suburbs craved. Free to be quietly racist bigoted sexist or misogynistic they laughed at the latest folly of their neighbors and those who got caught cheating on their spouse when they themselves secretly yearned for the same. Ted played golf twice a week at the country club while Lisa played tennis every Saturday morning. They laughed quite often about the things they would do to avoid their kids. Both were youthful in their appearance but heavy drinking was starting to age Lisa more than him. Bloodshot eyes and milk at night after wine were often the order of the day. Ted would read the Harvard letter promptly at 9 pm when everyone was good and drunk and gave everyone enough time to get back to send the babysitters home. Mr. Wagner shares a story of mid-life honesty and crisis as well as hope of it never being too late to fulfill your dreams . To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Upcoming Events April 15 2015 May June submissions close. April 15 2015 April issue published May 5 2015 August September submissions open May 30 2015 July submissions close May 30 2015 May June issue published June 12 2015 October submissions open July 14 2015 July issue published July 14 2015 August September submissions close April s Issue has an exclusive interview with Liz Schulte Coming up in the May June issue read what A. J. Lape has to say about her Darcy Walker series Insinuations By Sarah Clayville He loves her in layers. The first one begins with her favorite lilacs from behind the butchers shop on Walnut Street and mocha chips so she can make her special cookies for the orphanage. He didn t even know orphanages existed anymore until he followed her from work and watched her kneel in recklessly strewn woodchips little indentations like bruises peppering her knee caps. Leah speaks to the children like adults but eye to eye the way others refuse to do. They swarm to her and his ears turn warm as if they re actually swarming around him and at home he runs his hands beneath ice water until he s washed clean the memory of her. Ms. Clayville delves deep into the psyche of a stalker and the object of his affection. What will happen To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Only If You Make It By James Overstreet Lisel was his semi-girlfriend in that he thought about her a lot when he shouldn t. They sat next to each other in American Literature and he drew her stick people and they traded messages back and forth while the professor who belonged to (and had never left) another bygone age of martinis and Paris thoroughfares droned on about Joyce and Hemingway and the elision of the Oxford comma. Lisel was medium height thin and her hair was the color of the dead corn stalks that are red on the inside that you can buy for squirrels and bird feeders. She wasn t beautiful in the normal way. But she was beautiful to Con and she made him laugh most of the times he saw her. She was simpler than all of his old infatuations and unlike them she didn t have razor sharp teeth or a killer instinct. He liked her. You got any plans tonight Con asked. Mr. Overstreet takes us on a trek through young love miscommunication and friendship. To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Ashcrest at Sunset By Kristopher Rue Ashcrest was the sort of place you might find if you asked what made up an archetypal small town. It had one elementary school and a joint middle and high school. The total population peaked at just over 800 and if you went more than a mile in any direction from the schools you left the city limits. News of course traveled with uncanny quickness and there was a homey sort of community as long as you were one of them. In one of those white-faced houses Erik rested his forehead against a bathroom mirror as he prepared himself for another onslaught. With a deep breath he resigned himself to another school day and stood up straight. Ashcrest at Sunset is a terrifying look at being an outsider in a small town and the horrors that teenagers can inflict on each other and themselves. To read more go to subscriptions. Order a single issue or annual subscription print or digital. Don t miss out on the poetry A tremendous number of works guaranteed to entertain These tidbits are just a few of the diamonds that appear in Pilcrow & Dagger. Inside the issue you will find poetry original works of art and photography. Be sure to get your issue today at subscriptions Author Information Andrew C. G. 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