Brian Moore

Brian Moore. Lazy, irresponsible, misappropriated young man finds himself a father with not a lot to show by way of example to his young son, starts thinking about his life and the difference between what he once thought was important and what really is. Realizes, ‘I should probably write some of this down.’ Thanks for reading.

Stories by Brian Moore

Let Him Find Another Door

Illustrated by Cara Lynch

She awoke in her little bedroom on the upper floor of her townhouse apartment. She pulled off the covers and rolled away from the spot of pee with her little boy at the center of it. She swung her feet out of bed, sat on the edge and tugged her drenched nightshirt away from her hip …


Even Rat Pups Laugh Once in a While Part 6

Illustrated by Delilah Buckle

Friday — Tracy Bates Shift Transition Departing Custodian: Mr. Stuart Arriving Custodian: Mr. von Grawbadger My dear Mr. von Grawbadger, Day shift wishes you warm welcome to the start of yet another graveyard shift! I am writing you now well past the end of my own shift, because an event transpired that occupied the hour I usually set …


Even Rat Pups Laugh Once In A While Part 5

Illustrated by Codey Richards

Shift Transition Departing Custodian: Mr. Stuart Arriving Custodian: Mr. von Grawbadger Esteemed Colleague, Approximately noon today I was treated to that rarest of spectacles: A ballast explosion. I was about to sit down to partake of my lunch in the faculty cafeteria when it blew. Now, you may have seen one or two of these over the …


Even Rat Pups Laugh Once In A While Part 4

Illustrated by Filipa Silva

Wednesday — Tim Falls in Mercury and Asbestos Wednesday morning Stu read von Grawbadger’s enigmatic response: “If you listened to NPR instead of that country shit, you’d know rat pups laugh when you tickle them.” The form was the epitome of von Grawbadger. Stu read it standing up behind the desk. After an uneventful morning, Stu headed …


Even Rat Pups Laugh Once In A While Part 3

Illustrated by Daniele Murtas

Tuesday — The Bells of Frederick Winslow Taylor Middle School The bells of Frederick Winslow Taylor Middle School divided each school day into uniform periods with a total of 17 rings: Two rings for each of the eight periods plus the ring that released the students to their homes at day’s end. Students, faculty, staff, and …