• An Undiscovered Country, part 2

    When the nurse got off the phone, the first thing she did was slide the cell phone deep into the pocket of her uniform, then she ran from the staff lockers,...

  • An Undiscovered Country, part 1

    As she waited in LA’s Union Station for the Sunset Limited train south to Yuma, Pam Postema couldn’t shake the memory of her former GM handing her a baseball card—Eddie Mathews,...

  • The Case of the Mysterious Freezer

    Of course, that’s precisely where he went. Straight away, pronto, zip-a-dee-doo-dah, go! His creaky wheelchair moaned and groaned its way down the long hallway of the hospital, the squeaky wheels and...

  • Harvey Wallbanger and the Voice of Silence

    A season of PEBA flies by in a twinkling, if you’re a patient at the Camarillo State Mental Hospital. Time is as  fluid as the tobacco drool dripping from the mouths of...

  • … Winkle in Time

      “Are you Brad?” the old man asked as the orderly pushed him and the gurney he rode on up the long hallway of the hospital. “What? Me? No no, I...

  • Rip in Space …

      “How long have I been here?” “Forever” came the answer. It hadn’t seemed that long to the old man. “Forever?” “Longer than me, man,” the voice added, “so, quid pro...

  • Memory’s Icebox

      An old man stands in a kitchen. He holds a knife. He doesn’t realize he is holding a knife. He doesn’t see the blood dripping off the knife and onto...

  • Homecoming

    In the beginning he saw nothing. He smelled the disinfectant, he heard someone shuffle past, he twitched his fingers against starched sheets. In the beginning he could not move. In and...

  • Homecoming

    In the beginning he saw nothing. He smelled the disinfectant, he heard someone shuffle past, he twitched his fingers against starched sheets. In the beginning he could not move. In and...

  • The Ghost of Gate 38

    Back to the scorched earth he ran. Standing at Gate 38 of the Camarillo Hospital, a lone patient watched a ghost disappear into the blackened brush beyond the hospital walls. The...

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