Over at Beat to a Pulp, Sophie Littlefield has a searing story of suburban noir with "The Stain Carrier."
Nancy Jackson's chosen to go off her meds and on a path of restrained destruction--futile attempts to rid her friends of their psychological and physical prisons. The whole piece radiates desperation.
And the writing is simply brilliant. Detailed, lyrical, and stylish, everything rolls off the tongue. Makes me very jealous.
This is the first of Littlefield's stories that I've read. It won't be the last.