Smile by Molly Tanzer, short story book cover artwork

“Smile” by Molly Tanzer

That feeling when you’re sitting in the diner trying to write your Women’s Studies essay and a pudgy grey-haired guy and two young women are playing some kind of erotic game t…

Woman peeking through purple curtains

“Balancing Act” by N.O.A. Rawle

Jeremy is desperate to marry Clarisse and impress her rich parents. The problem is he is in debt and is vulnerable to snake oil salesman, Du Monde.

Woman peeking through purple curtains

“Balancing Act” by N.O.A. Rawle

Jeremy is desperate to marry Clarisse and impress her rich parents. The problem is he is in debt and is vulnerable to snake oil salesman, Du Monde.

man and woman kissing

“Little Deaths” by John Palisano

He thinks of what the French call orgasms – ‘Little Deaths’ – as he thinks how he wants to die a little for Annie, for her lips and her teeth, biting into his mouth, making him bleed into her.

man turned away with shirt over shoulder

“Rental” by Jack Murnighan

Every other week, they rent an apartment on airbnb. They choose the listings randomly, show up, and christen everything they can with their desire.

man turned away with shirt over shoulder

“Rental” by Jack Murnighan

Every other week, they rent an apartment on airbnb. They choose the listings randomly, show up, and christen everything they can with their desire.

water pouring over woman in shirt, close up of mans face with beard

“Cold & Damp” by Steve Rasnic Tem

They’ll end up in the shower together, relearning one another’s bodies. Over the years, he tries to get her to talk, but all she wants to do is take a shower with him, before disappearing again.