Clever Magazine
The ezine for the neglected demographic!
Fall 2021 - the hiatus issue
"Portland on my mind!"

A Message from the Editor - hiatus issue

Last Stories from the contributors:

The Last Performance, by Susan P. Blevins
"Hello, you've reached", by Art Carey
The Indolent Lymphomas, a play in one act for two lymphocytes,
     by Wendy Freborg
The Story of Mildred, Agnes and Pearl, a picture book,
by Margaret Gaynes
Closing Time, by Beth McKim
Exquisite Naiveté, by Wayne Scheer
The Parking Ticket,
by Steve Slavin
Bookstore Problem, by S. F. Wright
My Failure, Again, to Win the Nobel Prize in Literature,
     by Stuart Watson

Letters to the Editor, touching letters that I do appreciate


For the last issue I asked contributors to write about my hometown, Portland, Oregon. A few took me up on the idea. And I wrote a longish short story featuring Portland. Hope you  like my tribute to Portland.

Fond Memories of Portland, by Judie Echo thomas Benito
Portland on my mind, by Bernie Brown
Portland Pondering, by Doug Hawley
The Portland Stalker, by Wayne Scheer


The Serial Killer issue
(summer of 2021): As promised, the serial killer stories, for your entertainment. The contributors loved this writing prompt. They sent everything from the silliest to the most horrible, gut wrenching stories I've read in a long time.

Applause, Applause and thanks to all of you who played along. On short notice you came through with some of the best writing ever submitted to Clever. The tales are all terrific in their gruesome way.

The Instinct to Flee, by Nadja Bernitt
The Stranger, by Susan P. Blevins
Minor Traffic Infraction, by David Breitkopf
Of Mice and Crows? by Bernie Brown
Creative Planning, by Robert Burns
Who are the People in your Neighborhood? by Ken Carlson
Cold Calling, by Glen Donaldson
The Killer Next Door by Anita G. Gorman
Florida Guy, by Julian Grant
The Serial Killer Next Door, by Dianne Kochenburg
The Happy Homicidal Hipster, by Penny Pennell
The Serial Killer Next Door, by Zaphra Reskakis
One Prisoner Too Many, by Tom Sheehan
I live next door to a Serial Killer...
and I have a spelling disability
, by Fred Steinberg
The Serial my house,
by G.W. Willis-Brannigan
I Think I Live Next Door to a Serial Killer, by Doug Wren

Book Reviews: The Book Report, by the editor

The archives will remain here for a bit. Some of the most interesting writing over the years.


Investigations, our extremely important research
Nature stories
, saving the environment one small step at a time
Travel Essays, armchair travel at its finest

Humor Archives, or look at the following:
Relationship, senior and southern humor
Pearly gates and regional humor

The Phantom's Page: here's the editor's stuff



Ongoing collections:
Clever Cooks, here it is, our recipe collection

Movie Review Archive:
A-C, D-G, H-M, N-S, T-Z

Publishing Guidelines, we are no longer accepting submissions
About Clever, maybe more than you want to know
A Message from the Editor: occasionally the editor spouts off about something

Reminder: Clever is no longer accepting submissions!