Black Denim Lit #4: May, 2014

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Black Denim Lit #4 [May, 2014] Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders for free through This month Christopher T. Garry brings together seventy pages of bold, intriguing new fiction from Michael Reilly, Alan Bray, Susan Sage, Lela De La Garza, Konstantine Paradias, Dave Morehouse and Ken Poyner

=== 1200 characters ===Black Denim Lit is a monthly journal of fiction available on the web and on all eReaders. The May, 2014 issue edited by Christopher T Garry features seven new authors and their short stories. All the authors expand significantly on their print work, creating narratives that are variously dark, cynical, inspiring, disturbing, longing and irreverent. 
Stories include: •The Avatar Self by Susan E Sage (A woman journeys from her broken body to a new self not knowing what she will find.) •Boomtown Guide for the Perplexed by Michael Reilly (Charlie is not sure what to make of his new free spirited neighbor. All at once disconcerting and charming) •Bingo by Lela Marie De La Garza (A retiree bets the farm on a high stakes bingo game on an alien world.) Plus, •Merrows by Alan Bray •Crucible Invictus by Konstantine Paradias •Run by Dave Morehouse •Snake Oil Rights by Ken Poyner.
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 Susan Sage - Susan Sage is the author of Insominy ( as well as a plethora of poems and stories. She received her B.A. in English from Wayne State University and has taken graduate courses in English at University of Michigan-Flint. A former teacher, she is now moonlighting as a high school English tutor. She is currently working on her next novel. Her writing has been published in The Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rockhurst Review, The MacGuffin, Passages North, Metis, Qua, Corridors and The Wire.

Michael Reilly - Michael Reilly’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, SWARM, Confrontation, Storychord, A Twist of Noir and The Glens Falls Review. Reilly’s work was nominated for the 2013 Best of the Net anthology. He lives in northwestern Connecticut.

Lela Marie De La Garza - Lela Marie De La Garza has had work published in “Behind Closed Doors”, “Pound of Flash”, “ChickLit”, “Daily Romance”, “Creepy Gnome,” and “Mad March Hare.” She was born in Denver, CO. in 1943 while her father was serving in WWII. She currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with three and a half cats, and a visiting raccoon.

Alan Bray - Alan Bray, a Detroit native, has been a record store clerk, factory worker, musician and then psychotherapist in Michigan and Illinois. Sixteen years ago, he moved his family to New Hampshire, where he began writing fiction. Bray’s recent short stories have appeared in Per Contra, The Citron Review, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink (Pushcart nominated), and Ink and Coda. His novel The Hour of Parade is available on Amazon and his novella, The Puppet’s Tattered Clothes will be published this summer by Bartleby Snopes. Also

Konstantine Paradias - Konstantine Paradias is a jeweler by profession and a writer by choice. His short stories have been published in Third FlatIron’s Lost Worlds anthology, Unidentified Funny Objects! 2 and the LeoDeGraunce flash Fiction Anthology. His short story, “How You Ruined Everything” has been included in Tangent Online’s 2013 recommended SF reading list and his short story “The Grim” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Also

Dave Morehouse - Dave Morehouse writes music, poetry, and short fiction. Recent work has been published in Black Heart Magazine, Every Day Poets, Crack the Spine, Blink Ink, Every Day Fiction, and various online and print journals. He is the editor for the online zine, Postcard Poems and Prose. In spare moments he plays fiddle and concertina by Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Ken Poyner - Ken Poyner often serves as unlikely eye-candy at his wife’s power-lifting meets. His latest collection of brief, quizzical fictions, “Constant Animals”, can be located through links on his website,, Amazon and at a number of impressionable bookstores. He has had recent work out in “Analog”, “Asimov’s”, “Poet Lore”, “Sein und Werden”, “Cream City Review”, “Menacing Hedge” and a few dozen other places. He and his wife strive to be responsible cat and fish parents.