Literary Orphans

Spooked by Iris N. Schwartz

He infiltrates my dreams. It is him leaving missives in my hotel room. It is him hiring private dicks to shadow me. He envelops a city in high-tech netting so I can’t escape, thereby forcing me to witness his wedding. He’s relinquished a truckload of weight, and has concealed his gray with light auburn hair dye (one shade away from mine). He is carnivorous. He means to eat me whole. I awaken, remember he is dead. I wish that mattered.

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Iris N. Schwartz is the author of more than sixty works of fiction. Her literary fiction has been published in dozens of journals and anthologies, including Anti-Heroin Chic, Blink-Ink, Fictive Dream, Jellyfish Review, and Spelk Fiction. Her second short-short story collection, Shame (2019), contains Best Microfiction 2018-nominated story “Dogs” and was shortlisted by North of Oxford for recommended summer 2019 reading. Her debut short-short story collection, My Secret Life with Chris Noth (2017), was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes.

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