- FICTION -
Grieving and life mingle in this flash fiction piece by Cari Scribner, "Things to do While Waiting For Snow."
Your son asks for an egg sandwich. You can’t remember how he likes his eggs, so you cook them over easy. The seeping yolks distress you. You cook the eggs some more. Half the English muffin gets stuck in the toaster. When you poke it with a fork, it rips to shreds. You eat one of the broken pieces, burning your lip. You utter choice words.
In the short story, "My Wife" by Maria Benet a wife's hobby becomes her obsession, but happens to the spouse she's left behind?
I didn't set out to cheat on my wife. That was not my intention. It wasn't really about her. When I went down to the hotel bar later that night I wasn't looking for anything to happen, but then again, I wasn't exactly not looking.
Two boys get more than they bargained for when they turn an abandoned building into their afternoon hangout. Read more in "Trapped in a Tower" a short story by William Metcalfe.
Like hardened criminals from the movies, we dashed up the stairs to the third floor to avoid the police. A movie crook would have a gat, but we didn’t even have a rock. We were ready to holler for Mother though. Did the cops purposefully stomp on the stairs to make the building tremble? Were they expecting us to faint thus making our capture easier?
Dennis Milan Bensie offers a baptism of a different sort in his flash fiction piece, "Save Dave".
You tell your mom you don’t want to sit in the dunking booth.
“You have to,” she says. “You’re the biggest draw of all the fallen kids.”
Your dad instructed you to paint a sign: DUNK THE PUNK.
Dunk you, Dad.
Two spies meet at a wedding in Arthur Davis' short story, "The English Muffin Critic."
“No silencer there. Someone’s bound to hear the shot, especially in this stone wall chamber with two very large vaulted openings facing the street.”
“It’s really a beautiful church and quite a shame to mess up your elegant tux from Hiding Roosevelt & Clyde, I believe?”
“Blyton Huxley, their most senior fitter.”
“Yes. Couldn’t quite put my finger on which of their tailors it must have been to have stitched you such a fine suit,” she said gesturing with the muzzle of the Beretta at a small wooden bench in the corner.
David Garvey breaks up the band in his short story "The St. Thomas Moore Band Break Up".
The sense of humor before his final moments. Damn impressive and more confident than myself when facing the guillotine. I took another sip from my highball.
“You missed it again! What’s going on man?” Brian asked as he casually strung the strings on my bass, his eyes demanding an authentic answer.
He was ugly. He had a giant tail, longer than any I'd ever seen on a squirrel before. His filthy little chest heaved in and out and his mouth was wide open. The strangest thing was his head. Since the latch was open I assumed he tumbled down the chimney, scraping his head as he fell. The hair on top of his head was missing and the skin was blotchy and red. He looked like Peter Boyle if he had been covered in fur.
A man's life falls apart after a visit from a particuarly vicious rodent in "The Squirrel" from John Teel.
In Scott Waldyn's short story a man meets an unlikely judge. Are we all connected in the food chain? Find out in"Following Orders".
Think. Think! What was the last thing that happened? His wife’s face sprung to mind again, her lips mouthing those Miranda Lambert lyrics. Her light blue eyes stood out against the deep green backdrop.
The man pushed himself up to his knees, clenching his teeth as every joint eschewed him. He had to have been lying here for hours. Did they go on some tour, and he just couldn’t remember it? Had he gotten lost somehow? Fallen off a trail?
The baby was lying, naked and blue by the window. Blue as if dead but somehow still alive, writhing and whimpering. Then slowly, it turned its head and stared straight into Maria's face.
A tale of old-world magic and myth from Trev Hill, "Lost Kittens at the Window".
Ever wondered what happens in Hell? Olin Wish explore's an eternity of window shopping in his flash fiction piece, "Hell is a Place Full of Window Shoppers".
The wife had been waiting with the stroller at the store entrance. She and the baby had died first. The kids followed shortly thereafter. Clean lines, harsh light, and eternity passed at a snail’s crawl in a warehouse for the damned without a dollar to spend or a house to fill with ugly furniture. Revolving, single file, through a mystical small intestine. If only they had decided to fly to Disney world instead of drive, he had thought on more than one occasion in those early days.
- FILM REVIEWS -
Sean Woodard writes a comedic review of Disney's latest, Finding Dory. Verdict: though not as good as the original, fans of the characters should go see the sequel.
Taras D. Butrej reviews James Wan's latest, The Conjuring 2. Although not as a good as the original, it's the best horror movie of 2016 to date.
Taras D. Butrej reviews the latest installment of the TMNT franchise, Out of the Shadows: despite its busy plot, it's a decent film.
Gabriel Ricard tackles Asian Scarlett Johansson, texting in films, and other depressing topics in the latest edition of Captain Canada's Movie Rodeo.
Reviews: Hail, Caesar (2016), Midnight Special (2016), Ned Rifle (2014), White Lightning (1973), Night of the Creeps (1986)
Taras D. Butrej endures the brightly colored mayhem of Bryan Singer's latest action-packed installment of Marvel's Merry Mutants, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising didn’t raise up the genre, but it won’t disappoint fans of the original. Taras D. Butrej with the review.
Hollywood attempts another thriller based around the financial crisis and income inequality. It goes about as well as you'd expect. Taras D. Butrej reviews George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Money Monster.
Captain America and Iron Man face off, in a battle thirteen movies in the making, in Captain America: Civil War, which Matthew Guerruckey calls the Empire Strikes Back of Marvel movies!
Scott Waldyn reviews Keanu, a film that mashes action movie clichés with a cute and cuddly kitten, all glued together with the banter fans of Key and Peele have come to expect.
Juese Cutler reviews Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room, a concise story with a taut rhythm.
- ELECTION 2016 -
With the election tearing both parties apart with partisan bickering, M.G. Poe takes a look at just how America became such a politically divided country, and what the future may hold.
Cable News punditry? Can it really be that hard? Donald McCarthy doesn't think it is, and he has the (non)credentials to give it a go!
No matter which candidate, from which party, becomes the next President of the United States, the continued dehumanization of Muslims across the world is likely to continue. Donald McCarthy on the history of, and the impact of, their negative language.
He's reignited the liberal base with his populist message, but just who is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and is his socialist message too radical for America? M.G. Poe takes a look at the viral political sensation of the 2016 election.
Hey, kids! Celebrate the candidacy of the only True American™ in the 2016 Presidential race, Donald Trump, by building your own campaign speech, in the in-your-face, tell-it-like-it-is, insult-every-sensibility style of The Donald™ himself.
- POETRY -
A Lullaby Against Violence
Selma, Fifty Years after Bloody Sunday
Writer of the Month
- PODCAST -
The Filmcast returns with a review of The Lonely Island movie, Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping, and a look at movie satire. Plus, is Oscar Isaac cumming his way through X-Men Apocalypse? All that and more with Matthew Guerruckey, Ryan Roach, and Lawrence Von Haelstrom!
Our interview with Kevin Ridgeway, one of the most prolific and talented poets working today!
The Filmcast returns with our review of The Lobster, the most talked-about movie of 2016, a discussioin of other surreal movies, including Mullholland Drive, and much, much more!
Drunk Monkeys Radio returns with an interview with writer Lise Quintana, of Zoetic Press and Non-Binary Review.
The Filmcast returns with our (spoiler-filled) breakdown of this year's biggest blockbuster event, Captain America: Civil War! Plus, we talk about our own favorite movies feuds, and preview upcoming releases from Summer 2016!
Join us for a selection of fiction readings from Bud Smith and Lise Quintana!
"Three Kids" by Bud Smith
"Double Bird" by Bud Smith
"The Unicyclist & the Princess" by Lise Quintana
"The End of the Circus" by Lise Quintana
Join Drunk Monkeys editors Matthew Guerruckey, Ryan Roach and Lawrence Von Haelstrom for the first episode of the Drunk Monkeys Radio Filmcast!
What We Watched
The Invitation (2016)
The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
Tell Them Willie Boy is Here (1969)
Now In Theaters
Elvis & Nixon (2016)
Best Movie Presidents
Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Drunk Monkeys Radio kicks off with an interview with Bud Smith, author of the novels F 250 and Tollbooth!