SHORT FICTION

BAD THINGS HAPPEN 

The characters in Bad Things Happen—professors, janitors, webcam models, small-time criminals—are between things. Between jobs and marriages, states of sobriety, joy and anguish; between who they are and who they want to be. Kris Bertin’s unforgettable debut introduces us to people at the tenuous moment before everything in their lives change, for better or worse.

“Kris Bertin’s images are built to last. His fiction is governed by an explosive tension that is contained — but just barely contained — in careful stories designed to be just strong enough to hold. This is the work of a real craftsman, a writer who knows exactly — exactly — what he is doing.” - Alexander MacLeod, Author of Light Lifting

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Other Stories you can read online:

THE NARROW PASSAGE

THE NARROW PASSAGE

COWAN

COWAN

YOUR #1 KILLER

YOUR #1 KILLER

THE EVICTION PROCESS

THE EVICTION PROCESS


Short Fiction

(Includes forthcoming )

"The Narrow Passage" in The Winnipeg Review

"Cowan" in The Walrus

"A MAN MIGHT WORK" in The Fiddlehead

"The Eviction Process" in The Walrus

"THE GAME" in PRISM International

"Some Other Place or Time" in PILOT Pocket Book

"GORILLA PAINTING 26" x 32" ACRYLIC on CANVAS" in Joyland 

"Your #1 Killer & Extra Hands" in The Malahat Review

"CRATER ARMS" in PILOT Pocket Book

"Tom Stone & Co." in EXILE Literary Quarterly

"HAPPY NORMAL PEOPLE" in The New Quarterly

"Is Alive and Can Move' in PRISM International

"MAKE YOUR MOVE" in PILOT Pocket Book

"Bad Things Happen" in The Antigonish Review

"EVERYWHERE MONEY" in Riddle Fence

"Girl on the Fire Escape" in The Malahat Review

"THE BOARDWALK AT MIDNIGHT" in Words & Images