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Pat Perry

Pat Perry’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Science News, Vice, and California Sunday Magazine.

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Illustration by Pat Perry

Cookie Jar

Spring 2016 | Fiction

There was a certain accord between them, right from the beginning. The boy thought the old man looked pretty good for ninety, and the old man thought the boy, whose name was Dale, looked pretty good for thirteen. 

Illustration by Pat Perry

You Will Miss Me When I Burn

Spring 2016 | Fiction

I spent my morning at the Dairy Queen with the loafers and the cattlemen who get their feeding done before first light. It was a sparse crowd—we didn’t know yet what the wind was going to do.

Illustration by Pat Perry

Fresh Kills

Spring 2016 | Fiction

Robin was looking for a familiar face—round, a squat nose, dark or silver hair—but she hadn’t quite expected to see her honest-to-god doppelgänger waving with both hands, accompanied by her 300-pound husband, both wearing satin Jets jackets and sweatpants. 

Illustration by Pat Perry

Nineteen Minutes

Spring 2016 | Fiction

This time, as the contraction mounts, Lore does not cry out, but her face is tense and grim. In fighting back her cries of fear she is fighting her body, too, and the nurse, Franckline, can feel the inner muscles clenching against the descending head, rendering the long moment of suffering unproductive.