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Dirty Deals with Dictators by Howie Good

02 May 2017, Posted by admin in Short Fiction

Art Credit: “Pai que estais no Ceu, by Vera Fonseca


It’s now a crime in Utah to harass cattle with drones. The really strange thing is that no one thought this was strange. They want to see the trapeze artist fall and the lion tamer killed. If we don’t protest, can it be assumed that we concur? The minute you saw people running, you knew what was up. Sweden had been attacked. There was a nasty bug going around eating them in Spain. This is our history, everywhere full of blood. Today there was even a shortage of coffins. So, you play The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” at a relatively low volume, pretending it’s from the military speakers 200 yards away.


About the author:

Howie Good is the author of The Loser’s Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from Thoughtcrime Press, and Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry. His other books include A Ghost Sings, a Door Opens from Another New Calligraphy and Robots vs. Kung Fu from AngelHouse Press (both 2016). He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.

Art: Title “Pai que estais no Ceu, by Vera Fonseca, Lisbon, Portugal, Ex-Soviet Union, Tallin, @verafonsekaart

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