Brian L. Tucker

Brian Tucker (B.L. Tucker) grew up in the Appalachian foothills and Lake Cumberland region of Monticello, KY. He has recently published his first collection of short fiction Baptisms & Dogs (July 2014), which was previously selected and published in various print and electronic journals. His stories have appeared in: Trajectory Journal, Prick of the Spindle, Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Fried Chicken & Coffee, Fringe, Dew on the Kudzu,The Camel Saloon, and Burnt Bridge Press. He is currently hard-at-work on his first novel, a religious fiction tale (TBA, 2015).

Stories by Brian L. Tucker

Lobster Meat is Sweet

Illustrated by Christine Stoddard

The Jif peanut butter plant released its workers at 5pm. Finally, Gary thought. He wanted to catch lobster off the New England coast like guys on the Discovery Channel. He’d stamped his timecard a final time. Gary knew lobster was no longer a poor man’s meal; it was luxury to the max. He rushed to his …


Nomen oblitum, or, Forgotten Name

Illustrated by Sayantan Halder

Inside a Belizean cave, you wade deeper into green water in search of Xibalba, the underworld. Alone—save for the snakes and cave crickets—you put on a miner’s lamp and begin to explore the murky Sibun River. You stumble and swallow a large gulp of water and spit out the muddy, gritty aftertaste. When you recover, …