New Story: “The Red Flower”

My latest story, “The Red Flower”, is now up in new online magazine Persistent Visions.

“Shoot all the outlaws you want, if you can hit them,” the Stranger said. “But never kill a clown. They do nothing but make people laugh.”

Temperanza looked at him with compassion in her sole blue eye. “No one laughs at clowns,” she said. “No one ever has. They aren’t funny. There’s nothing at all funny about clowns. Unsettling, maybe. Alien, yes. Something other. But they’re not the punchline to any joke I’ve ever heard.”