Nebraska

Nebraska

pandemic tales from the dark side of dystopia Nebraska “Ha, ha dead body in there, sure thing!” Tabitha jokes, handing silent Bob another couple of folded Jacksons for bringing her husband’s oversized suitcase down to the car and loading it into the trunk. Soon to be...
Speakeasy

Speakeasy

pandemic tales from the dark side of dystopia Speakeasy Housed in a former brothel, The Monkey’s Den in Tea Alley had been a thriving underground bar in the Marigny for decades. It looked like a tiny hole in the wall bookstore on the outskirts of the French Quarter of...
Breakdown

Breakdown

pandemic tales from the dark side of dystopia Breakdown Matty and Elaine were making good time on highway 69, heading southwest toward New Orleans. Around Paducah, the car started shimmying. Matty pulled off the exit that loomed out of nowhere, and they stopped at the...
Verde Inn

Verde Inn

pandemic tales from the dark side of dystopia Verde Inn The Amtrack train depot in Rutland, VT was the last stop. It was a quiet working-class town in a valley at the foot of a mountain full of snow-based winter sports, ski lodges and resorts. Tabitha’s big old...
Glamping

Glamping

pandemic tales from the dark side of dystopia Glamping Elaine stared out the window as they took an exit off the highway. The middle of nowhere. Western New York. Near the finger lakes maybe. The sharp dark branches of the surrounding forest still had golden halos of...
Train Wreck

Train Wreck

pandemic tales from the dark side of dystopia Train Wreck The sidewalk smelled of coffee, piss and donuts. Elaine tucked her bangs behind her ear and snapped up the handle of a suitcase without breaking stride. Clanking metal gates unfurled in front of shop windows....