Brenda Lillian Smith - "Nowhere in Particular"; Suzette is amused at lover Tim's loathing for a painting on display at the local art gallery. "There's something sinister about it, the houses are so tall they're almost menacing. Its too empty, just an alley, going nowhere, as if - as if the life has been drained out of it." Soon afterward, Suzette goes missing ...
Guy N. Smith - Man Astray: Set during a time of civil war and car bomb attacks. Michael is spending his evenings at 'work', and wife Jennifer suspects he is cheating with a younger, more attractive. fertile woman. The truth - which you've most likely guessed correctly - is far worse.
B. R. Swan - Dips Dilmma: A detective imposes upon a career pickpocket to steal back a wallet containing his warrant card.
James D. Brown - The Bell: The sacred bell in the valley is all that stands between this world and the forces of darkness that would destroy mankind. A know-it-all Westerner can't leave well alone.
Nothing much special about today's batch.
From the first, I set myself against "literature"; the story was the thing, and no amount of style could persuade me to select a story that lacked genuine, unadulterated horror. For those who wanted something high-brow there was plenty.