Last Stop Bar & Grill

Lyle Skains New Writing 7:3, 2010 Two short lengths of PVC pipe form a cross, their junction secured with duct tape. The top of the makeshift crucifix holds a fat pink candle, dripping halted wax. ...

Drowning Jonathan

Lyle Skains Florilegium, Pegleg Publishing, 2009 The bathtub is beautiful. Stunning. Majestic. Strong. Its talons span the cracking floor, casting an invisible net that keeps the ancient tiles from falling to the lower flat. The ...

A Queen for a King

Lyle Skains Electric Spec 3:3, 2008 She flitted among the trees like a dragonfly. Her dress glittered, alternately sheer and opaque in the piebald light rippling over the forest floor. She laughed, and he heard ...

Wish in One Hand

Lyle Skains Glassfire Magazine, 2008 I wish Ieuan would talk to me. Not specific enough.  I can’t do anything with that, really.  My luck, I’d put all that effort into getting old Ieuan to talk ...

Ribbons

Lyle Skains Scribendi, 2000 He entered the bar, the neon beer signs dripping fake rainbows over his granite face, turning the gray in his short, curly hair into dimly lit strands of rose, turquoise, and ...