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When a young art student falls for her instructor, she learns the secrets that are never taught in school—secrets kept by a twisted ruling class in a society where madness is the order of the day. [30min]

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Charlie Bookout: Profile

August 30, 2014

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Charlie Bookout lives with his wife (a lovely elementary school teacher) and son (a seven-year-old Godzilla specialist) in Gentry, Arkansas—a creepy little town that’s a stone’s throw from the hillbilly infested Ozark Mountains. Charlie belongs to a group of rural artists who’ve converted Gentry’s old mortuary into a studio devoted to independent music and film. […]

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“Bestiary” by Nicholas P. Oakley

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A lonely harvester operator on a remote terraforming project discovers a wild beast that he adopts as a companion, but the relationship isn’t all that it seems. (21 min)

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Nicholas P. Oakley: Profile

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Nicholas P. Oakley is a science fiction author from the UK. Oakley was born in Solihull, England. In 2012, he withdrew from a PhD programme in Global Ethics at the University of Birmingham, and moved from the English Midlands to the Scottish Highlands, where he now lives with his partner. His first novel, The Watcher, […]

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Bill Patterson: Profile

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Voice Actor Bill Patterson is the author of a computer-aided design software book and wrote a column for Microstation Manager Magazine (1996) for three years. He has been published in JournalStone’s SF anthology “90 Minutes to Live”(2012), as well as Mutation Press’s SF anthology “Rocket Science” (2012). He was nominated for the British Science Fiction […]

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“Two Things” by Amanda C. Davis

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Two starship flunkies find the corpse of their drinking buddy missing from cold storage, and take dubious action. (16 min)

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Amanda C. Davis: Profile

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Amanda C. Davis is a combustion engineer who loves baking, gardening, and gory low-budget slasher films. Her short fiction has appeared in Shock Totem, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, and others. You can follow her on Twitter (@davisac1) or read more of her work at Let us read you her short story “Two […]

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“My Own Creature” by Megan Tilley

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Magdalena is coming home five years after her twin’s accidental drowning, only to discover that the drowning may not have been accidental after all.

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Megan Tilley: Profile

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Megan Tilley is a creative writing major at Florida State University. She like cats, fairy tales and sleeping in late. This is her first published story. Let us read you her fairypunk story called “My Own Creature.”

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“Demoted” by Kate Story

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The best laid plans may go awry—even the fairest.

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Kate Story: Profile

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Kate Story is a writer and performer. Born and raised in Newfoundland, she presently lives in Ontario. Her first novel Blasted (Killick Press, 2008) received honourable mention from the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and was long-listed for the ReLit Awards. Wrecked Upon This Shore, her second novel, has been called “magical […]

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“Modern Love” by M. Darusha Wehm

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For Marian and Graeme, it’s love at first sight—and second and third and fourth…

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M. Darusha Wehm: Profile

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M. Darusha Wehm is the two-time Parsec Award short-listed author of the novels Beautiful Red, Self Made, Act of Will and The Beauty of Our Weapons. Her short fiction has appeared in Luna Station Quarterly and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and has been featured as episodes of the Toasted Cake and Escape Pod podcasts. She […]

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“The Mary-Jane Effect” by AJ Fitzwater

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Out of a scrapbook of memories, expectations, and propaganda, the Lost are a generation of young women stuck in a dichotomous war of terror between the body and the mind.

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A.J. Fitzwater: Profile

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AJ Fitzwater is a dragon wrangler of high repute from Christchurch, New Zealand (aka Shakytown). When not buffing scales, stoking chilli infused breath, or skipping cracks caused by grumpy land ogres, they’re being herded by a solar-powered calico cat and a mortgage. Their tap dances and feints with words can be found in such venues […]

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“Profiles in Survival” by Simon McCaffery

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An iconic president and band of survivors fight for survival after the USSR launches a biological weapon at the mainland during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

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Profile: Simon McCaffery

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Simon McCaffery’s fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Black Static, and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and anthologies including Still Dead, Mondo Zombie, Best New Werewolf Tales, Other Worlds Than These, Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane, Evil Jester Digest Volume 2 and the upcoming Mountain Dead from Apex Books. He recently completed his […]

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“Numbers” by A.J. Brown

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They all thought Dane was just crazy, but the dark recesses of her mind hold the secret to the numbers. (24 min)

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Profile: A.J. Brown

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A.J. Brown is a southern-born writer who pens mostly dark fiction. He thinks too much, drinks too much coffee and writes too little. He’s a firm believer that if there are no readers, then there would be no reason to write. Let us read you his award-winning horror story, “Numbers”.

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“Live by the Sword” by Andrew Knighton

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For Ubu, the gladiator life is short and brutal, but in the shadow of the arena there is a chance for something more. [15min] Excerpt: Ubu ducked and Klaus’s sword hissed over his head, death missing him by a fearful inch. Sand spurted into the air as he span left, rolling across the packed floor […]

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