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“I Have No Toys” by Samuel Murphy

I have no toys. I was hoping that at this stage of my life, as both husband and father, I would have some pretty cool toys. But I don’t. Instead I have four daughters, and this is why I have no toys . . .
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“First Time, Last Time” by Robert M. Detman

Harry glances around the room, the trim freshly painted. Someone with money owns the place. Maybe Christiane’s family. “Does anyone live here?” Harry asks. Gem sneers at this pretense of familiarity. “You ask too many questions, man . . .”
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Joyce Carol Oates’s Introduction to Prison Noir

To celebrate the release of Prison Noir, the latest in Akashic's Noir Series, we're pleased to bring you this decidedly dark sample from the anthology: editor Joyce Carol Oates's introduction, "Seeds for Next Year."
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“Hana” by Frederick Foote

Hana Irene Carter is showing her fourteen-year-old Asian-black ass this afternoon. She walks through my house and into my kitchen, ignoring me, her grandmother Irene, and four of her other relatives, only smiling at and kissing Emma, my black sheep cousin, on the cheek. She then opens the refrigerator and takes out a beer. She pops the top, takes a long swig, and burps, looking directly at me with an in-your-face, self-satisfied grin. Before I can act, Irene is up. She pulls the can out of her granddaughter's hand and dumps the beer out in the sink . . .

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