Nick Antosca

Nick Antosca's first novel, Fires, will come out from Impetus Press this winter. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in The Barcelona Review, The New York Tyrant (forthcoming), The Antietam Review, Hustler, The Paumanok Review, The Adirondack Review, Retort Magazine, Word Riot, small spiral notebook, Opium, and USA Weekend online.


Ben Sobel tests cosmetic products on small, restrained mammals for a living. He puts makeup in their eyes and records how long it takes to destroy the corneas. He shaves them and applies nail polish to skin. He puts hand lotion into orifices. This is a real thing he does, for money.


Dad's presence had shed a sort of good light on everything, but with him gone we could all see each other better: My brother was good and deserved a lot, my mother was weak and needed care, and I was not a good person.

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