Fiction / Issue X

1776

by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

The top of the new tower’s just gone up and I have to try it out, so I descend down slowly onto the tip of its spire. Read more...

Fiction / 9 December 2013

Down South

by Erin Sheehy

photography Erin Sheehy

Up ahead I could see a concrete fortress illuminated with a large neon sign that looked like a rising sun or a fan of cards. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Scorn"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

...throughout the reading I had failed to notice he was there—my father was standing in front of me. Read more...

Fiction / 11 November 2013

Paint The Bride Update: Messenger in Lavender

by Aaron Akira

illustrator Simon Pemberton

His destination was the Portuguese King John’s winter court at Estremoz, just under three days’ journey from Lisbon on horseback. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "The Aqueous Body"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

She was pleased she had succeeded in deceiving the media and pretending her aqueous body was her main one, allowing the former to be buried at Vienna’s Central Cemetery Read more...

Fiction / 25 October 2013

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh - BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ENEMY

by Brantly Martin

photography Giorgia Valli

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh discusses his new book, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS WITH THE ENEMY. Read more...

Fiction / Grey Tales

He'll Be Back - Episode Four Excerpt

artist Michael Salu

Even the many honest travelers that have visited you,
looking to tell your story through their words and pictures,
bring back lenses foggy with misinterpretation. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Title"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

Seeing the actor and stand-up comedian Josef Hader in the Café Rathaus I nodded a quick hello and headed for another table as I knew he couldn’t stand being disturbed in the café. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Burial"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

...and explained that in accordance with the stipulations of their confession—this seemed to be a very unusual variation on the Jewish religion—false teeth must first be removed from the mouth Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Background Music"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

Die Lesung in der mir unbekannten Kleinstadt im Salzburgischen begann nicht, wie ich angenommen hatte, am Abend Read more...

Fiction / Issue IX

Dichteralbträume: "Interned"

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

I saw a documentary on television about two famous intellectuals, an architect/philosopher couple—they were not named—who were persecuted under the Nazis. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

He'll Be Back - Pilot Episode thru Episode Three

artist Michael Salu

He'll Be Back (Fragments) is an original series by Michael Salu.
New episodes will be released in GREY TALES, out this Fall, and on our website. Read more...

Fiction / 22 April 2013

Land of Tsars, Part 2

by Cheryl Cardiff

illustrator Carolina Melis

They were all that they had left in a neighborhood of rubble and dead children. Eva laid down beside him and hugged him tightly to her as if she were assuring herself that he at least was still there. Not a phantasm, but alive and of real flesh. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

Land of Tsars, Part 1

by Cheryl Cardiff

illustrator Carolina Melis

“After the Second World War, no one thought that the Katharinenpalast could ever be resurrected to its old glory after the Germans plundered and destroyed it . . .” Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

Better Living Through Destiny

by Miss Rosen

illustrator Carolina Melis

You see, I never wanted one until I wanted his because up until that moment I had it in my head that sex equals death. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

His Poison

by Rhiannon Connelly

illustrator Carolina Melis

She sobbed at the word AIDS. She crumpled like a paper doll onto the bed. He tried to comfort her, with his spider fingers trying to pull her into an embrace. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VIII

Bellwether

by Monica Bautista

illustrator Carolina Melis

I watch sullenly as he packs his bags, silently cursing the name I had been given all those years ago. No matter how far my life is from Sylvia Plath’s, do I really have to be cursed by my namesake’s fate? Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

Four One Page Plays by Julian Gough

by Julian Gough

illustrator Sabrina Mansouri

A TAXI appears. EINSTEIN gets in, followed by NEWTON. The taxi does not move. A projection flashes images past the window. NEWTON stares out the window. EINSTEIN ignores the projections and plays the violin. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

As The Pre-Teen Downing Planes

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Simon Pemberton

La Signorina Sash—Xanax beginning to Walt Clyde Frazier—asks Dad why they can’t take the 7 train to Citi Field like normal people. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

As The Heiress To Flight

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Zoe Taylor

La Signorina Sash launches the remains of her mother to the next moon and flies for the first time. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

As The Woman Who Raised

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

La Signorina Sash withdraws for sixteen years and hones Darignan witchcraft. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VII

God Save The Coupons

by Aaron Akira

illustrator Carolina Melis

Among a select circle of critics, it’s often repeated that no one who ever heard a Coupons record ever forgot it, except the members of The Coupons themselves. Read more...

Fiction / Issue III

Quiet Time

by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

illustrator Paula Castro

And because these two observations came one right after the other, and because they came right after Thomas Smith had moved to the city, he would forever link attractive sophistication with abject isolation. Read more...

Fiction / Issue III

Piano

by Finn Egan

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

My deliverer has returned to the frame. Her Ruiz-Tagle stare is now hidden behind blind blue eyes and assuaged viole(n)t lips. She is without questions or offers or whispers. The window that faces west has gone black. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: Gospel of a Small Town

by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

illustrator Michael Salu

Johnny is eighteen and doesn’t have any skills except for an uncanny ability to recite the Gospel According to John from memory. Because of this he is sometimes paid to attend religious gatherings to wow the congregation. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: Lttlslr

by Angelo Flaccavento

illustrator Diego Soprana

LTTLSLR is a biography in fragments The movie opens in blinding white. A masculine voice says off screen, “The body is a battleground.” The screen progressively fades to silver. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: 4 Mice

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Guglielmo Castelli

Mom and Dad, passed out drunk and oblivious, find their youngest daughter bloodied and bald in the morning. She’s cut, then shaved, her hair. Her fear of mice never goes away, even with the counseling. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: The Gondolier

by Aaron Akira

illustrator Sam Wolfe Connelly

Gaetano Jr. fancies his father was the assassin, despite knowing that the assassin was a man named Bresci who had lived in Paterson, New Jersey. Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: Zombie Cars

by James Sallis

illustrator Kagan McLeod

Rumors begin to circulate, then “unconfirmed reports” by media: old cars and trucks are rising up from the ground and from wrecking yards like zombies of old, Read more...

Fiction / Issue VI

Grey Film: Sonnenkind

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Jenny Mörtsell

Mexico 1996: Judith and Alexander, a European couple in their mid-twenties, are preparing to photograph the imminent total eclipse of the sun when Judith is bitten by a snake. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IV

Cloud Face

by Penny Simpson

illustrator Aurore de La Morinerie

Who'd have thought my nose would get me places? It tilts towards my eyebrows, as if there's a bad smell under it, but painter man Lutma approves. He draws himself in the mirror all the time, pulling his face around like an idiot. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IV

The Boa Knife

by Daniel Area Wakahisa

illustrator Zoe Taylor

The waiting in line continued for hours. There were hundreds waiting for their turn in the corridors and out on the streets. Desencarnados of all breeds, all sick one way or another, in their bodies and inside their heads. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

National Anthem Entries

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Michael Salu

To give in or to give in? Yes. Manner of surrender? Completely. From which rationalization? To be determined. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

Certain Facts About The Pantheon

by Aaron Akira

illustrator Michael Salu

In Roma we set aside an afternoon to write postcards to everyone we have ever loved. The gentleman at the ufficio postale informs us that addresses in the hereafter can indeed be reached, but the postage is molto caro. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

Tarkovsky's Barney

by Julian Gough

illustrator Kagan McLeod

The recent discovery of Tarkovsky’s “lost diary” has thrown a new light on their struggle to create what eventually became a globally recognized triumph of Western culture. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

On Earth

by David Albahari

illustrator Julie Verhoeven

Eli raised his leg and caught sight of Earth. It was smaller than he'd thought it would be, no bigger than a marble, though shinier and more colorful. "Terra," he whispered, "terra nostra." Read more...

Fiction / Issue IV

Träumen Ist Ein Einsames Geschäft

by Antonio Fian

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

He had been hurled out of the vehicle then hit by a piece of the wreckage; a strip of fender had split off and shot through his lower back with such momentum that a sliver of metal was sticking out of his belly. Read more...

Fiction / Issue V

The Opening

by JP Vallieres

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

We saw it as we were approaching—it was that much wider. Three inches at least, and deep. We stuck our hands in as far as they could go and got a little freaked out and excited about what it all could mean. Read more...

Fiction / Issue IV

“I’m The Guy Who Wrote The Wild Bunch”

by Julian Gough

illustrator Jenny Mörtsell

So what's this film about, Mr Peckinpah, I asked him. It's about a bunch of killers, hiding out in the hills in Mexico, he says. And I don't want them prettied up, mind. Read more...

Fiction / Issue III

Apologies to Joe

by Brantly Martin

illustrator Daniel Egnéus

I’m on my fourth Peroni at Caffé della Pace on Via della Pace staring at Chiesa della Pace. I feel no peace and have never been more certain that my life is one operatic monument to Displaced Choice. Read more...