Matchstick 66

You’re on historic Route 66 heading east toward Las Vegas. You come up the backside of Barstow. This is the dead side.Part of you is excited by driving the lost highways that connect San Diego to Las Vegas. A mock-gonzo pilgrimage to the capital of Fear and Loathing, to the land where the American Dream…

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Tex Gresham

Tex Gresham’s work has appeared in Hobart, Superstition Review, and Carve Magazine. He holds an MFA from San Diego State University. He’s also an MFA candidate for screenwriting at the University of Nevada. He lives in Las Vegas with his partner and kid. Visit him online at

Brian Demers

Brian Demers is a graduate of the Art Institute with a BA in Game Art and Design. Currently, he is a freelancer based out of Phoenix, AZ. He prefers to work in traditional mediums, specializing in hand-drawn ink compositions.

First Featured In: No. 15, spring 2020

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