(f(r)iction online and Tethered By Letters, November 2016)
Things turn horrific when the deer get pissed and start invading our suburban neighborhoods. Check it out:
(Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, May 2016)
This speculative story explores what would happen if there was a reality show on Mars.
(Temenos Journal, Fall 2015)
A drug addict wakes up in a trap house and has an intense encounter with an insect intruder.
(Dark Matter Journal #7, Summer 2015)
“The Adclipse” is an excerpt from my unpublished novel, The Admosphere, which you can read more about here: https://ryanfranciskelly.com/the-admosphere/
Check out the published chapter here (p. 31):
“Roy G. Biv: A Master of Fine Arcs”
(Poetry Pacific, Spring 2015)
A few more of my humorous poems. You can find them here, as part of the online journal’s Spring 2015 edition:
“Auto Sans Fin”
(Dirty Chai, issue 5, Madness)
These are the first published shorts from my in-progress collection, In the Near Future. One chronicles the future of Selfies, while another examines the growing phenomenon of “diorama” wakes for bodies of the deceased.
Read the issue and my two pieces here:
(Dămfīno Press, February 2015)
If you’ve ever slogged through an orientation as a new student, teacher, or employee, then you might like my humorous poem “Dysorientation”.
“From the Gutter”
(Fiction International #47: “Phobia/Philia,” November 2014)
A prose poem about falling in love (lust?) at a bowling alley.
(Carbon Culture Review, December 2014)
A short story about a washed-up reality TV host who visits a nudist colony.
(The MacGuffin, Spring/Summer 2014)
This short story is based loosely around my experience playing competitive chess in high school.
“Just As It Was in the Reflection”
(pacificREVIEW, “Strangely Ever After,” April 2014)
In this short story, a degenerate quarter-lifer faces the shock, confusion, and despair of his room suddenly coming to life.
Purchase a copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Strangely-Ever-After-pacificREVIEW-2014/dp/1938537041
(Composite No. 15: “Still Life”)
This prose poem tries to capture snapshots of transient moments in life. It explores how people are often literally moving while figuratively “going nowhere.”
(Fiction International #46: “Real Time/Virtual,” November 2013)
In this satirical story, a young couple attempts to achieve “face time” during a constant bombardment of distractions and obstacles. The story was nominated for a Small Presses Pushcart Prize. You can purchase the issue here:
“All the Monkeys at the Zoo”
(Black Scat Review #4: “All Urges Go Haywire,” 2013)
The local monkeys must run the zoo after the human apocalypse. This Modern Day Warytale is a dark phonetic riff, a kind of macabre Dr. Seuss. The story plays with assonance and the conventions of parable and allegory.
You can order the print / electronic version here:
“Coming Down from Graceland”
(The Wordstock 10: Finalists from the 2012 Wordstock Short Fiction Competition)
In this short story, an Elvis impersonator deals with a mid-life crisis and his estrangement from his family while flying home from a convention in Graceland.
The collection was available for sale at the 2012 Wordstock Festival in Portland, Oregon.
You can also purchase the Kindle edition on Amazon:
“The Dalai Lama-O-Rama”
(Brick Road Magazine, May 2012)
In April of 2012, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama gave a speech at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena — this article contains my humorous coverage of the event. You can read my article (and the rest of the issue) at the following link:
“Based on a True Story”
(Brick Road Magazine, April 2012)
In this article, I explore society’s current obsession with stories based on “the truth” and propose different theories to explain/challenge the popularity of nonfiction texts. You can read my article (and the rest of the issue) at the following link:
“Brevity is the New Black”
(Brick Road Magazine, March 2012)
In this article, I outline the current trend of “brevity” within popular culture and its implications, touching upon different kinds of internet texts like tweets, memes, and Facebook posts. You can read my article (and the rest of the issue) at the following link:
p.s. Also check out the “Spring Break Down” article, which was coauthored by yours truly.
“Hollywood’s Dry Heaves”
(Brick Road Magazine, February 2012)
This article critiques Hollywood’s recent hemorrhaging of crappy movie sequels, exposing just how lazy studios, producers, and directors were in the year 2011. You can read my article (and the rest of the issue) at the following link:
“Wall Drug: Wall, South Dakota”
(The San Diego Reader, September 2011)
This travel piece describes my experience visiting a tourist trap in South Dakota called “Wall Drug.” You can find the article at the following link:
“Climbing Jbel Toubkal: Morocco”
(The San Diego Reader, September 2011)
This travel piece narrates my experiences climbing Toubkal, the tallest mountain in northern Africa. You can find the article at the following link:
“To My ’93 Previa”
(Third Wednesday Magazine, Fall 2010)
This poem (only available in print) is an ode to my first car: an ugly, oblong beige Toyota Previa — really more of a spaceship than a minivan.
(The Houston Literary Review, October 2010)
I once read a bumper sticker that said, “Karma: Not from Concentrate.” I was understandably baffled — this poem was the result of my pondering on such absurdity. The poem can be read (along with the rest of the issue) at the following link:
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