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The Seventh Floor

The Seventh Floor - story

Mohammed Salah Rajeh

You wanted me a slave bought and sold You wanted me in despair joyless.   ***   The distance between one floor and another was months and years. Sometimes the lift was crowded. Sometimes it…

Black Cats

Black Cats - story

Samir Salmi

The Imam’s words to me at the entrance to the mosque that night were strange and dramatic. He said that a pack of ferocious black cats had attacked the district and was destroying everything it…

Uno

Uno - story

Eileen Pollack

The first time Heloise saw Mitch, he was standing beside the vending machines in the hospital cafeteria, angular and fresh in his puckery clean white scrubs. She had come in for a Coke and chips,…

The Marble Child

The Marble Child - story

Edith Nesbit

All over the pavement of the church spread the exaggerated cross-hatching of the old pews’ oak, a Smithfield market of intersecting lines such as children made with cards in the old days when kings and…

Children of God

Children of God - story

Peter Stamm

It was the first Michael had heard of the girl. His housekeeper was telling him about her: she claimed— Mandy did—that there was no father. She lived in the neighboring village of W. The housekeeper…

The Priest of Shiga Temple and His Love

The Priest of Shiga Temple and His Love - story

Yukio Mishima

According to Ashin’s “Essentials of Salvation,” the Ten Pleasures are but a drop in the ocean when compared to the joys of the Pure Land. In that Land the earth is made of emerald and…

Lazarus

Lazarus - story

Leonid Andreyev

I When Lazarus rose from the grave, after three days and nights in the mysterious thralldom of death, and returned alive to his home, it was a long time before anyone noticed the evil peculiarities…