Portland Noir by Kevin Sampsell

By Kevin Sampsell

In a urban choked with police controversies, hippie artist punk homes, and overzealous liberals, Portland, Oregon, is a spot the place even its fiction blurs with its extraordinary realities.Brand-new tales via: Gigi Little, Justin Hocking, Christopher Bolton, Jess Walter, Monica Drake, Jamie S. wealthy (illustrated by means of Joelle Jones), Dan DeWeese, Zoe Trope, Luciana Lopez, Karen Karbo, invoice Cameron, Ariel Gore, Floyd Skloot, Megan Kruse, Kimberly Warner-Cohen, and Jonathan Selwood.Editor Kevin Sampsell is a book place worker and author. he's the writer of a quick tale assortment, Creamy Bullets (Chiasmus Press), and the impending memoir The Suitcase (HarperPerennial, summer season 2009). he's additionally the editor of The Insomniac Reader (Manic D Press) and the writer of the micropress destiny stressful Books.

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Stupid, of course. The house had been renovated since she’d lived in it; the rooms probably weren’t even arranged in the same way as they were back then. My kitchen wasn’t her kitchen; it was and wasn’t the same house. Sometimes, when I got very tired, I just used their names as a cadence, over and over. Henry and Julia, Henry and Julia, Henry and Julia. They had shared something, some burden. I wanted to be the one to lift it from them, to take it for them. “I found a Henry Lewis,” Josh said one night at the dinner table.

She’s dead fifty years, he’s probably dead somewhere too. ” I’d been talking about Julia and Henry for the past month now, since I’d discovered her murder. She stayed on my mind. I’d put her photo on my nightstand. Every day, her face looked up at me when I groped for my glasses. “You’re not Nancy Drew,” he said. He was in socks and pajama bottoms, standing in the hall outside our door, kitty-corner to the bathroom door. There was only one bathroom in the house so far, but we planned to change that, to put in a half bath, maybe a full bath.

I told her I couldn’t sleep. ” There was a long pause, as if she’d never heard anything so ridiculous in her life. I covered my mouth so I wouldn’t laugh. Then it all went bad. It was the beginning of how I find myself at this moment, with her laying unconscious on my bathroom floor. ” she asked. “The one with the learning disability? Is that why you’re out so late? ” What was she talking about? ” I forgot I’d told her Agnessa lived in Prague. The more I denied seeing Agnessa while I was in Prague, the more Charlotte believed I was lying.

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