The Rag's a quarterly electronic magazine, featuring short stories, poetry and artwork. This is the issue that launched The Rag, and right from the start you'll see this is a different kind of literary magazine. The Rag seeks the true grit of the literary world. The writers here never pull their punches, and the results are unfiltered and sometimes raunchy--but this is contemporary literature--always fresh, always relevant.

This is the issue that launched The Rag, and right from the start you'll see this is a different kind of literary magazine. The selections in the Fall 2011 issue have a criminal bent, with a touch of noir, but moreover they chronicle the death of the American Dream. With no hope for a better future, the characters are fighting with society and themselves, and it's these battles that make these stories compelling.

The lineup is as follows:

"Best Intentions of Goody Abshire" by Wes Trexler
"The Real Deal" by Curtis James McConnell
"Babar" by Anne Opotowsky
"The Ill Tales of Mr. Gordonson" by Carlos Velazquez
"Triple Threat" by Timothy Ghorkin
"The One-Legged River Ho" by Sascha Matuszak
"On the Line" by Mike DiMarco
"Disappearances" by Isaac Savage
"Dirty" by Patrick Million