Hulking Out

During the week, Tim Kupin debugs lines of code for a living, but on the weekends he dons a Steelers jersey, loads up his red GMC work van with comic books, and becomes his alter-ego, Koop the comic salesman. As Koop, Kupin spends his off-time driving across the country, selling comics at conventions. He has been…

Cyrus Teed and The Cult of the Inverted World

Doctor Cyrus Teed believed he could use electricity to achieve alchemy. Electromagnetism was a new and exciting technological frontier in the latter half of the 1800s, and Teed, a physician and an amateur scientist, was obsessed with the age-old quest for the Philosopher’s Stone.  His experiments involved applying high-voltage currents to lumps of lead. In…

Deep-Sea Metafiction

I was looking through lit journal submission openings, trying to find a home for a different piece (which is still sleeping in doorways at the moment) when I came across Riddled With Arrows and saw that they were looking for stories that were also metafictions. It was then that I recalled “Deep-Sea Metafiction,” a story…

Attempted Horror: 1996

I wrote my first horror story when I was 13 or 14 years old. I loved the genre, despite the fact that, being raised by Christian parents who obsessed about secular media consumption, I had never seen an actual horror film. I wasn’t even allowed to read Goosebumps novels for Christ’s sake. And we never…

Welcome

Welcome to Tim Burkhardt’s internet niche. Tim is a writer of stories, songs, and poems. He is an environmentalist, a journalist, and a rescuer of roadside turtles and frogs. You can read Tim’s articles at Mountain Xpress, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.