The Morgue by Andrew Manzoline


Sallyanne Lewis lived alone on the corner of First and Main in a large Victorian style house her father had left her after he hung himself from one of the attic rafters. She was forty years old and had never married and never, to anyone’s knowledge, had a relationship with a man or woman. Her house was a castle compared to the other homes around the area, and it was painted purple—a color I always thought strange for a house. The 19th-Century mansion needed some renovations because the paint was chipping, and there was a large part in the floor underneath the television set that was beginning to sag lower and lower each year. But everyone knew she wouldn’t do it. She didn’t do much of anything but work and go to Big Lou’s Diner on Main Street on Sunday mornings. She worked at the county morgue, which was in Clayton, a fact that added to people’s suspicions about her. Everyone that died in Morrison County would pass by ‘ol Sallyanne and my father always said he was going to go to Greenville County a couple miles south to die because he didn’t want to be handled by a nut-job. It was a small town of 1,200 people and common knowledge that she, and she alone, would be taking care of your cadaver. Continue reading

Photography by Ray Murray

Fashion, by the very nature of its name, is designed to reflect the attitudes of society and the responsibility of us, as photographers, to capture the image and present it to the public. We’ve watched this dance for decades now and it is fascinating! One day the look is tall, thin and bohemian, with the next image being rigid lines and ultra conservative.  If I had any advise for photographers, it would be not to take everything so seriously, but to be flexible and adaptive.

prtRay Murray is a freelance photographer based in Columbia, South Carolina. A creative spirit that emerged from the late decadent 1970’s and late nights at Studio 54 in New York City, he continues to enjoy success on both sides of the camera. Happily married to his husband of 18 years, he still has a passion for the arts, culture, and state of current affairs. Having certification from the prestigious Santa Fe Workshop, he continues his curious quest for spotting trends on the street and the impact they have on our daily lives.

See more of Ray’s photography on his website.

Art by Emanuel Iral

Planet-Prismatis.jpgEmanuel Iral is a firm believer of the power of the singular self. As an artist, he extracts inspiration from introspection and his inner subconscious. His work is unique in its embedded concept of prismatis, Latin for prism. Prismatis is defined by the notion of separating the three main components of art: the artist, the artwork, and the audience. Emanuel believes that that separation is what allows for the complete purity of art, eliminating the barriers of human institutions in order for art to exist as the perfect ideal.

Gothic Victorian by Haley Gallagher

I have always wanted to do a Victorian period set but never knew where to find the clothing for the process. We decided to go look at a local costume shop and they happened to have the perfect skirts that we needed. It was a blast for them to transform into models from a different century and it made us want to wear big skirts and corsets everyday.

Haley is a fine art photographer from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She studied through The New York Institute of Photography. Her favorite things to photograph are stylized shoots, nature, wildlife, and pets. Her dream is to one day work for National Geographic photographing polar bears and penguins. For now, she’ll stick to photographing models and her pets.

Models: Megan Hawk (@meggomadecosplay) and Brenna Young
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Portraits on Recycled Trash by Dion Hitchings

Within my artwork I have found my own “unique world”
which has no rules or boundaries.
My inspirations are varied and vast, everything from dreams and Indians, nuns and demons,
the Jerry Springer Show and chickens to sins and celebrities.
My world and therefore my art,
is guaranteed to be colorful, self-revealing, emotional, childlike and
an “eye full” to all who view it.

I purposely choose to use untraditional media.
I create my works with various
children’s art supplies including, crayons, magic markers, highlighters and Using consumer boxes, discarded furniture and “trash”
instead of traditional drawing surfaces
has enabled me to break down preexisting print, images, and textures
while allowing the type and pictures from the recycled object
to become organically part of the portrait.

During the creative process, I discovered the need to deconstruct
then reconstruct the face to fit within the shape of the surface.
The results are portraits that have a shattered appearance
with broken and missing pieces but also form a more
powerful, interesting and often disturbing viewpoint.

Portraits on Recycled Trash
offers a glimpse into my own unique world,
that is filled with altered and more complex viewpoints
and an opportunity for the viewer to

Think Outside the Box.

14361320_1101415903241036_39152071641297922_oDion Hitchings was born in Saint Louis, Missouri. His mother found out she was pregnant two weeks after his father’s funeral. He took up drawing at age three and never put the crayons down. Dion graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis and began a career in  art directing fashion advertising. He also met the person who would be his significant other for the next 23 years. He has worked in both Chicago and New York City.

After a series of changes within a four-year period, including losing his bf to a car accident, living through 9/11, and getting laid off, Dion altered his priorities. He got a new job, met someone new, and realized he needed to draw again.

The Matchbox by Antwan J. Thompson


Vulnerability lies inside the box
Unpredictability lies with you
Or me (if you can hold me accountable)

Endangerment will strike immaturity
If you have to leave

You say you love me
But it was a ruse
You say I’m in denial
But whose flames that was lit
Stroke it around foolishly
And lend it astray to it misfortune

Now the damage is done
For I
Am living for your death
In my blazing kingdom of demise

Antwan J Thompson was born and raised in Maryland. His creative writing began in middle school, where he discovered his passion for writing. On and off, he has continued to write in his book when opportunity arrises. Most of his poems are based true story about his everyday life and emotions.