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As of December 6, 2009, The Town Drunk has permanently closed to new submissions, and no further issues are planned. I extend my sincerest thanks to the authors who entertained us, the submissions editors who donated their time and expertise, and the readers who made it all worthwhile. Producing this magazine has been a lot of work, and a lot of fun! Unfortunately, circumstances no longer permit me to serve effectively as Editor, and I do not feel that is fair to our authors and readers.
Note, however, that The Town Drunk will remain online indefinitely. I am planning to restructure it as an online anthology, probably sometime after the first of the year. No URLs will change; authors may retain any links to their stories here.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you all,
Publisher, The Town Drunk
Assemble an Alien by Antha Ann Adkins
Exchanging toys with alien species is a great way to build interstellar friendships... or is it?
The Wingie by S. R. Gruber
A pinkish gold puffball nestled between the baby’s cheek and shoulder, covered in sparkly scales and wrapped up in rice paper wings... It raised its narrow head to look back at her, blinking slowly through thin lids... A dragon, no bigger than her fist. In the crib.
Squeak by Amanda Davis
The repairman insists there are rats in the basement, but the homeowner doesn’t hear so much as a...
Work-Safety Rating: Squeaky clean
I Think I Broke My Human by Craig Watson
A malfunctioning human is always a challenge for customer service.
Work-Safety Rating: Mild profanity (nobody’s perfect)
Self-Made Man by Nora Fleischer
In this period piece, a savvy country girl finds gainful employment—as a man—in old New York. But what’s the price of her ambition?
Work-Safety Rating: Some violence, subtle innuendo