Semyon reads the latest death notice with flagging interest. He’s collected four of them now: one for each of his conscripted horses. The Department of Personalized Losses Accounting sends detailed pokhoronkas. Each includes his horse’s assigned unit, how they died, and their burial method. Sometimes their commanders even enclose letters of explanation or condolence. It’s … More Pokhoronka

Microinterview: Alexander B. Joy

Alexander B. Joy’s 100 word microfiction, “Pokhoronka”, will appear in the fifth issue of The Centifictionist (Vol. 3, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2022). Alexander graciously answered a few brief questions for us. Read the interview below. 1. What inspired the story “Pokhoronka”? “Pokhoronka” came to me almost in its entirety after reading an interview with Nobel laureate Herta … More Microinterview: Alexander B. Joy

Prophet Margin

“You have things together,” said the stockbroker. “No matter the time or day, here you are, sunning by your rock. I admire that consistency. World’s too chaotic. First you’re rich, then you’re puking in the stall because the Chinese market – and your portfolio – tanked. But you understand. If we want stability, we gotta … More Prophet Margin