Out of the Picture

Out of the Picture by Phillip McCollum The tones were sepia, but Sylvia would have bet all of last year’s investment returns that the man’s eyes were a turquoise blue. Beneath the edges of his army side cap, she could see his coarse hair, cut short. Thin lips stretched around a toothy smile.  He also bore the familiar sliver of …

The Owl His Anthem

The Owl His Anthem by Phillip McCollum Ernie smiled at the pinhole patterns on the drop ceiling and if he squinted just right, he could see at least six faces smiling back. A hint of bluish moonlight streaming through the tiny barred window put all of the shadows in the right places. Two of the faces were long and gregarious, …

Angus Bumblebee Costume
Angus Bumblebee Costume

Superhero Mode, Engage

Starting today, I have ten weeks left in which to finish fifteen stories if I hope to meet the goal I set on July 31st of 2017. Whether it’s fighting sickness, familial and work obligations, or general lethargy, the enemy is around every corner (I feel a little out of sorts referring to family as the enemy, but the writing …

The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist by Phillip McCollum The sweet scents of buttered popcorn and cotton candy floated over a light breeze crossing the stage, causing Martin Yurik’s stomach to growl. He never thought the night would end and he was grateful to wrap up the third show of the evening. He peered out under the glaring stage lights and spoke into his …

A Tomb in Every Tree

A Tomb in Every Tree by Phillip McCollum “How much should we leave Marnie?” “Zero.” “Come on,” Harold said. Fluffy shifted her head and rested it back on her owner’s foot. The gray and white Shih Tzu hardly ever left Harold’s side these days. “Zilch.” Harold’s rubbed at the sunspots covering the back of his hands. Whatever ‘rejuvenation’ cream Linda …

Cold Heat – The Process

Cold Heat is story number thirty-five in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Drafted

Drafted by Phillip McCollum “I better go first. I better go number one.” Moshe Vanderkellen was twenty years old, the league-leading MVP for Ares War College, and a top-notch fine-line-walker of confidence and arrogance, all too often tripping into the latter. He was still young, though, and even he couldn’t hide signs of nervousness. Angled forward in his seat, he …

Cold Heat

Cold Heat by Phillip McCollum “You really think this is a smart idea?” There was nothing left to do but ask questions. Holed up in an unfurnished Manhattan apartment, tied to an uncomfortable folding chair, sitting in front of some sort of jerry-rigged track-and-rail system wasn’t exactly a position Marquis expected to be in when he’d opened the Bureau’s trouble …

Shiplap Plague – The Process

Shiplap Plague is story number thirty-four in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Letter to the Gubamint – The Process

A Letter to the Gubamint is story number thirty-three in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**