All posts by Douglas Noble

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We Get Greedy

Let’s not say that he wasn’t prepared. He was. He’d been planning for weeks, and if you met him it showed. Unshaven, wild-eyed, determined. He only had one topic of conversation. You walked into his flat and it confronted you, all maps and plans for

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Under Ancient Gaze

After the heat, the dust, and the damnable flies, the cool of the hotel room came as a welcome shock to Ashton’s skin. He slumped down in the green chair next to the bed, letting out a long sigh, which seemed to him to be

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Breath of the Walls

Hotels are dead spaces, built in the angles between hello and goodbye. Identities are boiled down into names, faces blur and blend. A steady stream of bodies that we’ve leaned to forget. Our life is contained in endlessly forgetting. The wet crescent of an abandoned

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Club Rules (Amended)

The safety record for our marksmen is perfect and we fully intend to keep it that way. We are also committed to lowering staff and public casualties. After all, good relations with the Ministry need to be maintained in order avoid a repeat of the

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There’s Always Someone New For It

When they first arrived, slipping in between cracks and fissures, sliding under doors and past hinges, it was as though they’d been here forever. You’d see them on the street, all shimmer and stop-motion, but you wouldn’t stop yourself to stare. There were always those