Craig Towsley

Craig Towsley writes flash fiction, but earns money by writing for video games. He lives in Montreal with his wife and dog.

Stories by Craig Towsley


Illustrated by Terri Kelleher

You wake up in the middle of the night and remember that when you were ten, you had magic powers. Your wife mumbles in her sleep and rolls over, taking the blankets with her. The faucet drips in the kitchen, echoing in the night’s empty stillness. You wrench a corner of a sheet free and draw …

The Long Way Home

Illustrated by Cait Maloney

His hands shook as he poured the whisky and some sloshed over the cup’s rim onto his fingers. Dzinski set the cup and bottle down on the table between them. “Not too steady, are you,” the girl said. He gave her an embarrassed smile and said a wave must’ve knocked against the ferry. She rolled her eyes …

The Housewife

Illustrated by Darcy Rozen

Helen snapped the suitcase shut seconds before she heard her husband slam the front door. She shoved it under the bed and hurried to the washroom, turned off the running water and slipped into the tub. “Hell of a time to take a bath,” he said, leaning in the doorway, pulling at his tie. “When’s dinner?” Helen …

Layers, Maybe. Does it Matter?

Illustrated by Daniele Murtas

Trout knew there was one can of beer left in the fridge. One can hidden behind a bag of likely limp carrots and the three eternal onions in the vegetable drawer. The onions were left over from the previous tenant. He moved in years ago and meant to throw them out that first day, noticing them …


Illustrated by James Brown

The eastern wind came in from the ocean on heavy waves smashing against vertical limestone cliffs, leading up and over verdant, wildflower-filled pastures of rolling hills. The climate was perfect for a local breed of goat to grow plump and hearty and give their milk an uncommon sweetness. It also happened to be just right for …