* Online lit mags are publishing some of the most intriguing writing available today. Every Monday, I post a pointer to a site that offers fiction and/or poetry either as free content or as samples from subscriber issues. Today’s pointer is to FRIGG, A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry.
This site is visually attractive and the stories are well written. It’s edited by Ellen Parker, Sean Farragher (Poetry), and Dennis Mahagin. Graphics by EnoaraF.
Storm Drain Bob
“Hey, kid,” a man said. “Knock knock.” The voice was gruff and grunty, like that baby gangster with the cigar in the cartoons.
The boy felt his heart pounding against his ribs. He looked around. A man several houses down sheared away at rose bushes. A woman a few doors farther swayed soundlessly on a porch swing, a newspaper or book spread open on her lap.
At first the boy thought someone was playing a trick. Maybe his father, or one of the kids from the neighborhood.
“Who’s there?” the boy asked.
“Storm Drain Bob.”
The boy sprinted away, crazy-legged, sneakers pounding on asphalt. But Storm Drain Bob was there when the boy came back the next day.