Fiction

The Maverick

by: JL Shockey “I get up and look to see how much of myself I left on the ground. There’s a portrait made up of my…

Why I Built My House The Way I Did

by Jon Krampner “Life was splendid and gay, until it turned into a pageant of death…” When Annie started coughing and wheezing, Oliver and I took her to…

Best of ATM 2016, Fiction

As 2016 comes to its close, Across the Margin takes a look back at some of its most treasured moments in Fiction… Throughout this final…

Bid Whist Night

by: Frederick Foote In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election, a card game is held in the dark of the night where the “true” value…

Countdown

by: Julie Howard A cautionary tale for those who live their life in constant judgement… She woke up to a “four-point-five,” showered to a “four-point-eight,”…

The Quiz

by: Jessica Wadleigh The wonderment of sexual frustration, and the fascinating ways in which it can manifest itself… Mark had spent his skip day doing what…

American Negative

by: Cooper Feste A horizon framed impeccably, but as the day gives way to night, menace is unearthed, parceled beneath the moon’s light… Huggy Smith…

House of Babel

by: Julie Howard “She had indeed loved him, comforted him and been faithful to him. What was a little repugnance and disgust along the way?”…

Detour & Tipsy

by: T.E. Cowell Two offerings of flash fiction that illustrate that even the quietest of streets have the capacity to arouse deep-seated anxieties… Detour The…

Mahjong Mornings

by: Julie Howard An ordinary Mahjong Morning with the ladies takes an unexpected turn, owing to the arrival of a batch of “special” brownies… “Ooh, almost…

Trumped

by: Frederick Foote A Nation divided, demonstrated by a workplace at odds… The door to my boss’s office is open. I rap on the door frame…

Infatuation

by: T.E. Cowell “All I could think about was Julie. Julie, Julie, Julie. I had a one-track mind suddenly. Nothing else seemed to matter anymore….