May, 2010

by Beth Grosart

Separate parents. A broken home. What to tell the kids? Beth Grosart tackles these questions from the perspective of the new lover caught in the middle. Brilliant tale highlighting the stresses of this sort of family, and a fantastic main character.

April, 2010

Village Ghosts
by Michael Bradburn-Ruster

A brilliant story of war, struggle, and an attempt to understand the reason from a perspective rarely heard here. This story will leave you breathless and moved by the end.

And People Really Eat Those Things?
by Rae Ann Winkelstein

A very wonderfully strange short-short. No description would do it justice, but it’s fun and interesting. Rae Ann Winkelstein has some fun with this story, and you will as well.

March, 2010

Radio Communication
by Janet Yung

Radio Communication is one of those stories that causes the reader to tip further on the edge of his or her seat. It’s not a suspense, but we want to know the answer. Janet Yung creates an odd tale in very familiar surroundings. Excellent prose, enjoyable story, enjoy!

February, 2010

Richard’s Place
by Jim Courter

Richard’s Place is written in a sharp, realistic style. The main character, Richard Killian, is easy to identify with, an author struggling with his place in life. The story is fast-paced, ironic, and an enjoyable read.

An Irregular Method
by F. John Sharp

A fantastically written and subtle story, this short-short says so much in what it does not say. Excellent.

The Voluntary Living
by Bruce Memblatt

Living forever. Immortality. Perfection. At what cost? The Voluntary Living jumps right into the deepest, darkest, and most natural fear of man, and asks ‘What would you pay to put it off or avoid it altogether?’ An interesting voice, humorous, bizarre, Bruce Memblatt’s story feels like early Sci-fi.

Dear Grandpa
by Bruce J. Berger

A letter to a relative, seeking sympathy, maybe moral absolution, “Dear Grandpa” is a stirring piece, touching at a core conflict in all of our lives. Mr. Berger pulls us into the plight with fantastic details and a story real enough to have been told by one of our neighbors.

The Visit
by Karoline Barrett

A heartfelt and dramatic story, The Visit moves the reader through feelings of guilt, sorrow, and hope. Karoline Barrett utilizes the first person, present tense to accomplish a very personal reading and a unique and pulling style.

January, 2010

Wilbur and the Dour Demon
by Don Chance

This story is a joke-filled comedy from beginning to end. Don Chance’s knee-slapping tale about a Dour Demon has sharp dialogue, a witty storyline, and a fresh take on a classic form.

My Meat Was Tough, My Blood Was Bitter
by Samuel Kolawole

A frightening tale, highlighting the deepest crevices of the human heart. Samuel Kolawole draws a disturbing image of the currency of sex and body through sharp details, vivid style, and an international dialect. At points, shocking, this story will hold the reader’s eyes tight to the screen until the very end.

Grief Hills
by Daniel W. Davis

A striking and eerie tale, Daniel W. Davis steers the reader through a short but mysterious encounter. Painted on the backdrop of the old west, the style carries with it something almost intrinsically American. A wonderfully gloomy short-short, this story will leave the reader wondering.

This American Life
by Maggie Tiojakin

In “This American Life” Maggie Tiojakin offers—with rich, lyrical, and compelling prose—a romance that examines the nature of love and commitment through the eyes of an immigrant to the United States.

December, 2009

Strain 586
by Phil Lowe

Set in the deep vacuous solitude of space, this Sci-Fi piece will leave you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Mr. Lowe reveals a stirring revelation to the main character and takes us along for a thrilling ride. This is the first Sci-Fi story Eastown Fiction has printed, and we’re proud it came from Mr. Phil Lowe.

November, 2009

One Fish, Two Fish
by John Warnock

“One Fish, Two Fish” is a fun and clever comedy. We’ve all dealt with that one goldfish that just won’t die, and Edna has her hands full. John Warnock has a fun style, nice dialog, and he creates wonderfully outlandish characters in this memorable story.

Goodbye Versus the Beginning
by Susan Dale

The death of a loved one. Susan Dale, in her unique and vibrant voice, tells a story about how the death of someone important rocks the worlds of those who knew her. Honest and beautiful, she brings the sense that ‘life is but a vapor’ that we’ve all experienced when we are shaken from our daily lives by this experience.

October, 2009

The Man Who Woke One Day to Find He was Made of Glass
by Trent Amor

This strange and vibrant tale is the craft of Trent Amor. He puts us in the shoes of a man who sees an acquaintance go through a life change like he’s never imagined before. Mr. Amor’s voice is unique and colored by his international travels, and his witty approach will leave you wondering.

To Say Nothing
by Renee Evans

Renee Evans pulls us right into a very difficult situation. Siblings, Annie and Mike, work their way through a secret which weighs heavily on them. The author creates a unique voice through Annie as she drives the story, weaving her way into womanhood.

September, 2009

City Morgue
by Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson tackles the difficult situation of loss, both from personal and sympathetic perspectives. This short piece houses some very human characters, torn, jaded, formed by the daily reality of mortality and this moment’s centerpiece; a beautiful woman.

Office Politics
by Katie Norton

The narrator of this story tours us through a summer of maneuvering though the web of office politics in Silicon Valley. The acquaintances she meets carry with them a familiarity and humanity that we all can reflect upon. Katie Norton’s voice is witty, humorous, unabashedly honest, and harshly realistic.

August, 2009

Dry Spell
by Daniel W. Davis

A depression era tale about the need to make unsavory decisions during desperate times. Daniel W. Davis effectively brings us back to that time and draws us in from the perspective of a boy finding out difficult truths about the man he most respects.

Sammie & Doreen’s Little Bit of Happiness
by Tanya Eby

A story about friendship and the search for a soul mate. The language is both fresh and familiar, much like the setting, which–for denizens of Grand Rapids–will spark moments of recognition. But the story’s charms don’t end with mere familiarity. The wit and humaneness evident in the opening scene only increase as the plot progresses in delightful, unexpected ways.

July, 2009

by Jaime Fountaine

A boy remembers witnessing his mother’s attempt to pull herself through a bottoming out in her life. This story of the love between a boy and his mother is told from a voice we can all identify with.

Tow Truck
by Deborah Johnson Wood

The narrator of this short-short could be anyone on your block–anyone who you recognize only in passing, with a casual nod or a “Hello.” He or she is the sort of person who you think you understand, until a single anecdote reveals the vastness of their personality, the hugeness of their capacity.