Ruth Ann Hixson

Ruth Ann Hixson is a retired newspaper journalist who writes novels, short stories, poems and book reviews. She was born, raised and still lives in Central Pennsylvania.

Stories by Ruth Ann Hixson


Illustrated by Joey To

“It just dropped out of the sky.” Mary said as she looked at the flattened green mass at her feet. The mass began to bubble. It blew up into one big bubble. More balls were dropping from the sky. Mary looked up cautiously. Overhead three immense circular spacecrafts moved slowly over the town popping out the …

Thanksgiving Bite

Illustrated by Daniele Murtas

Jim knocked on the door. No answer. He was sure his Grandmother was home. She wouldn’t have invited him and his sister if she wasn’t going to be there. He pounded on the door. “Granny,” he shouted. After waiting a few minutes, he tried the door. It wasn’t locked. The TV was blaring loudly which could …


Illustrated by Terri Kelleher

Clarence didn’t remember when he first began hearing the voices. He’d been quite small because he’d been hearing them as far back as he could remember. Male and female voices that told him, “Do this; don’t do that.” When he first mentioned it to his mother, he’d been five years old. She told him it …

Turkey’s Revenge

Illustrated by Joey To

“Ma, where’s Pa?” asked Aaron Burke from his seat beside his mother at the table loaded with the Thanksgiving Feast. “How should I know?” Ma shot back. “He took a load of turkeys to the meat packers two days ago. I haven’t seen him since.” “Aren’t you worried about him?” asked Charlotte, Aaron’s wife. “Naw. You all know …

Just One More Time

Illustrated by Alberta Torres

I worked at Ocean View Nursing Home and was intrigued by a ninety-two-year-old man named Kenneth Thomas. He was a veteran of World War II and had a private room overlooking the beach. On his night table was a small black and white photograph of a young woman holding a small boy. That morning I got …

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