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Portland Noir by Kevin Sampsell

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By Kevin Sampsell

In a urban jam-packed with police controversies, hippie artist punk homes, and overzealous liberals, Portland, Oregon, is a spot the place even its fiction blurs with its extraordinary realities.Brand-new tales via: Gigi Little, Justin Hocking, Christopher Bolton, Jess Walter, Monica Drake, Jamie S. wealthy (illustrated through Joelle Jones), Dan DeWeese, Zoe Trope, Luciana Lopez, Karen Karbo, invoice Cameron, Ariel Gore, Floyd Skloot, Megan Kruse, Kimberly Warner-Cohen, and Jonathan Selwood.Editor Kevin Sampsell is a book shop worker and author. he's the writer of a quick tale assortment, Creamy Bullets (Chiasmus Press), and the impending memoir The Suitcase (HarperPerennial, summer time 2009). he's additionally the editor of The Insomniac Reader (Manic D Press) and the writer of the micropress destiny stressful Books.

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He was playing possum. ” She offered me a beer for my trouble, and I told her that possums don’t actually play dead, that they’re so frightened they fall into a real coma. Then, after a few hours, they rouse themselves and go on their way. Charlotte thought that was fascinating. She made me sit down at her kitchen table and tell her more. Not many women have ever looked at me that way. Tonight she came over to my apartment uninvited. I’d sent her an e-mail two days ago telling her I was home from Prague, in case she cared.

I quickly found out that Portland is a city of stories and uncertain history. I’ve decided that the shady history lessons (“people were kidnapped in the Shanghai Tunnels”), perverse sightseeing tours (“this is where Elliott Smith first shot up”), and cultish rituals (“you can get married at the twenty-four-hour Church of Elvis”) that make up the town’s mythology are more interesting if you don’t take them too seriously. Local fiction writers like Katherine Dunn and Chuck Palahniuk have obviously been inspired by this place’s blurry yin and yang as well.

He had strong arms. That was something I’d always liked about him, and I could feel his strength now when he put his arms around me. After the brief embrace, he reached over me, to my nightstand. He picked up the picture of Julia, brought it over to his side of the bed, and put it into a drawer in his nightstand. I heard him close the drawer. Then he turned back to me, buried his face in my hair, and took the night’s deep breath. I pressed my back into him, to feel him next to me. The way we curved together, like two cats asleep together.

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