Letter From The Editor - Issue 58 - August 2017

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The Curse of Sally Tincakes
by Brad Torgersen
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by M.K. Hutchins
The Snake King Sells Out
by Rahul Kanakia
Calling the Train
by Jeff Stehman
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Calling the Train
    by Jeff Stehman


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Sam lay on the shore, his one remaining leg still in the green water. The gator's death roll had shattered an arm and ribs, smashed his face. An unexpected end to a desperate plan. He'd known he might be shot, execution style, in some dark alley. But dying out here? Like this?

The pain was fading. Everything was fading. The smell of the swamp, the hum of the insects; all so distant. Only the sound of a train whistle was clear.

The bastards he was after would remain untouchable, yet Sam felt calm, detached from the drama. Even from dying.

The train whistled again.

No, not a train. He opened his one good eye and tipped his head back. A black face, upside down and with salt-and-pepper hair, came into view.

"Ouch. Gator must've been huge." The old man stepped to Sam's side, raised a harmonica and sounded the mournful wail of a train. "That oughta do it," he said, crouching down.

"Do what?"

"Call the train for you."

Sam went through the motions of looking around, though he couldn't move much.

The old man chuckled. "Strange, I know. It'll be over soon."

"It should be over."

"Nope. Gotta wait for the train."

"What train?"

"The train come to fetch your soul."

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