The Mall: Issue #1
The Mall is where people can get the newest things. Simply look at the cover. A young attractive couple looks at some computers. With the computers the couple can become Alt Lit. Or if they find Alt Lit not to their liking they can decide to troll Alt Lit online. Either way they win. In this ‘game-changing’ release Angela Shier and Amelia Gillis make Tumblr tumble for them. Yes lots of great material can be found in these rudimentary pages. Behind each page is a new world ready to be explored.
Lucas Celler codes his heart. Light behind the ribcage is unhealthy. Typically no light is on the inside of one’s body. Perhaps they injected microscopic flashlights into their bloodstream. Cigarettes are bad. Yet Lucas smokes a cigarette in bed because he is out of control. Someone punches Lucas in the face. Love is crazy. One moment it works the next a punch to the face.
Lauren Marie Grant smokes cigarettes on a van’s hood. Gregory plays songs for her. The audience goes wild. Suburban skies are comprised by light pollution. Normally the sky is the limit for the cities. For suburbs the sky is another immaculate yard, another development to be politely stared at for indefinite periods of time.
Karen Peltier describes the science of crushes. When two people crush, it is never the exact same two people. There’s the crush-ee and the crusher. Crush-ee receives the attention. Crusher gives the attention. Unfortunately the crusher never lets their feelings be known. Such an inequity leads to many problems. There is a reason that ‘crusher’ is a word and ‘crush-ee’ isn’t. Admitting real feelings is hard. Distance makes it easier.
Moon Temple makes poems out of phone conversations. Interaction between two people usually leads to writing. The writing doesn’t have to be in poem form. Any form will do.
Tom Melton dies and is reborn. Dating is important to Tom. Every date brings Tom closer to a special someone, a fun one with short hair. Once Tom finds that fun one his long face will grow short. His frown will be turned down.
Amanda Seely paints with coffee stains. Workplaces are fun places for this artistic form. Each stain represents anguish. She wants to reach the moon. Yet she’s on a warm planet, planet Earth which is a far better thing to howl at.
Jonah Ort wears a stupid face. Messed up words are spoken. Little is actually understood. Oftentimes the obvious remains hidden in plain sight. Octopus tattoos are a poor choice for the genitals. Any animal whose main attribute is to cling is typically poor form for such a delicate region.
Dylan York helps someone write their memoirs. That’s touching. Locking someone away forever to reflect on their life sounds is prison or retirement. Either one is fair game. Curling up on a lawn is the job of delicate flowers.
Lexi Roberts knows her way around a power drill. Here Lexi kills a canary. The canary knew too much. She likes the wall. She wants to love. She waits. After enough time she is ready. Dreams provide her with the perfect cover.
Austin Islam understands this is the last night to do anything. He needs to kill off some cigarettes. Thanks to his efforts the cigarettes are glad to be dead. Generally consumer products enjoy being used. For whatever people dislike being used. No one has figured out why.
John Rogers lives a life of luxury. He creates his own work. This is a rare freedom. Life calls for an expensive bottle of wine at a corner store. Life is worth celebrating alone. Death in a shower sounds clean. Like if John died in a shower his hair would be perfect, well rinsed and everything.
Earl Rose remembers a girl who moved to Alaska. ‘I hate you’ is the metal way of saying ‘I love you’. The Arctic Circle sounds pretty metal due to a total lack of sunlight. Monkeys belong on the bed not in the bathtub.
Jacob Steinberg wears a cat suit. The cat suit is not a metaphor. The cat suit is a literal cat suit. People stare at Jacob while he wears it. None of the stares do anything to Jacob. He wears the cat suit with a purpose. Far away someone cares about Jacob. Distance tries to tear them apart. Yet it is hard to succeed with that kind of geography thwarting things.
Kelsey Sollner says why flowers were born. Tuesday gave birth to Kelsey’s flowers. Without flowers there is no need for all day showers. Offline Kelsey is missed. Real life takes away from the intimacy. Being online is one of the most intimate things anyone can do with their life.
Nathan Masserang sees someone after their shift. Work keeps people apart. Sans work Nathan would have the person all the time. Leaving is the hardest thing to do. After two people spend good time together leaving can hurt so much.
Michael Hessel-Mial checks people out online. Profile pictures are the window to the hotness. Before profile pictures everyone was attractive. Anonymous people really know how to save face. Getting it on is important to Michael. Michael is sexually aroused by the world.
Joshua Gillis sees a rather attractive looking young doctor. Early in the morning Joshua sees the doctor texting. Who was Joshua’s doctor texting at such an early hour? Good thing Joshua has the doctor’s attention. That’s actually part of his doctor’s job, but that’s beside the point.
Bob Schofield understands how flirting works too well.
Joe Donovan ruins a beautiful sexting experience. Sexting is a gateway sex. Those who have ‘sexts’ saved in a Word Document are the saddest people in the world. Gilbert Gottfried is a romantic bastard.
This is a giant undertaking, 20 people, all quality, all killer and no filler.