Fiction

Post image for “Nemesis: The Case of the Headless Lady” by Nyki Blatchley

Sam Nemesis, private investigator to gods, heroes and monsters, has a tricky case to solve – Medusa the gorgon has been murdered, and her distraught sisters want Sam to find the culprit. But how’s he to track down a wannabe hero punk who seems to have friends in the very highest places?

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Post image for “Wearing the Star Cloak,” by Darian Smith

The unstoppable power of a legendary hero searches for a new host to wield it. Who is worthy to wear the star cloak? [18 min]

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Post image for “Fire Season” by Samuel Mae

For five years, Matong has struggled as a farmer in inhospitable conditions on newly colonized Cascade, but things may be about to change, for better or worse. [15 min]

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Post image for “Material Witness” by Brenta Blevins

A princess returns home to tragedy after her father dies under mysterious circumstances that allow her violent uncle to seize control of the kingdom. Can she use the ancient magic of her family tapestry to solve the mystery of her father’s death and return the kingdom to just rule? [32 min] Excerpt: Eyes swollen with […]

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Post image for “Outwitted” by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt

When her fiancé’s spell goes devastatingly wrong, the Earth mage Jana must find a way to use her own magic to restore him to the man she loves. [17 min]

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Post image for “On the Unlawful Events Taking Place at Outcast’s Last” by A.D. Spencer

Mr. Representative, as you might already know, planet Vertilla has witnessed the birth of several infamous outlaws. [18 min]

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Post image for “The Comet Rider” by Ray Whitter

The last free Comet Express rider is oath-bound to deliver her mysterious cargo to Triton, and not even the long arm of the law can stop her. [25 min]

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Post image for “Eric” by Alicia VanNoy Call

Cyndal, Eric, and Lukas struggle for survival after the devastating Scourge virus sweeps across the country. In this post-apocalyptic world, the biggest threat to Cyndal and her family could be the loss of hope. [33 min]

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Post image for “Chicken Feet” by Lauren C. Teffeau

A young girl struggles with whether manufactured hope is as good as the real thing while she helps her family survive in a landscape marred by fallout. [19 min]

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Post image for “Willow Pond” by April Grey

What lurks beneath the black mirror surface of the pond? Do memories lie therein or dark fantasies? [18 min]

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Post image for “The Collector (Or, Google It)” by Mason Ian Bundschuh

Markus is having a bad day. He’s hopelessly lost in the desert with his extremely-recently-ex-girlfriend—and he’s about to meet The Collector, who plays by ancient rules a game that promises to be very grisly for those who can’t, or won’t, work together. [21min]

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Post image for “Coyote Blessing” by Owen Kerr

Grandfather thought they’d been pulled into the Seventh World. Reggie wasn’t sure; the asteroid that landed in the ocean might have had something to do with it. One thing was certain: the old ways were done. It was a time for new songs, new blessings. And the coyote lives by its cunning… [15min]

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Post image for “Bloodstone” by R.B. Payne

Even horror writer J.P. Bloodstone is unprepared for the actual end of the world. Stranded in Beverly Hills, he discovers something far worse than decomposing zombies, vampiric aliens, or infected mutant motorcycle-riding killers. [31min]

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Post image for “The Softness of Her Throat” by John Hayes

On Halloween, two adults invade the home of a bachelor whose life is still dominated by his dead mother. As the evening and his fear progress, they force him to their life style.

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Post image for “One Free Go” by Michelle Ann King

Any good party needs an entertainer, and the fortune-teller at Darren’s makes it a night that at least one of his kids will never forget. Excerpt It’s really getting out of hand lately, all this Halloween business. When I was a kid, a party meant a couple of ghost stories, some bat-shaped gingerbread, a bag […]

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Post image for “The Deepest Hour” by Tina Lonergan

In the deepest hour of the night, nightmares come. Trapped in a hospital bed, a patient listens as death moves through the room toward him. Can he get help in time? Excerpt: The nights were never quiet. Even the nurses’ soft-soled shoes seemed loud in the rarefied atmosphere of the hospital at night. The ward […]

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Post image for “The Bobble Head of Doom” by Robert C. Eccles

Inspiration for murder can come from the darnedest places. There always was something suspicious about Ol’ Tricky Dick. Excerpt: “Nice night for a murder, wouldn’t you agree, Mr. President?” Nick Singletary watched the people walk past on the sidewalk outside his ground floor apartment. He glanced back at the Richard Nixon bobble head on his […]

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Kenley Williams’s alter ego is killing him. Literally. Is a painful life in the hospital worth everything he goes through as a superhero? Does he have to sacrifice love along with everything else? Excerpt: His eyes close. He can sense them, their lives a shout in the Flow of all things. Fear, anger, greed. In […]

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Extra! Extra! Sex-crazed girls killing local lads in the streets of Newark! Read all about it! It’s 1938 and Kong the Avenger is out to solve the most bizarre case of his short career as a mystery man. He may need a little help from his friends. [23 min] Excerpt: “Okay, I’ll tell the story […]

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A woman caught between two worlds (human and wolf) finds she can give neither her full attention. [32 min] Excerpt: “We’ve got to talk.” Gerald’s words held an ominous chill. Rachel glanced up at him as they walked. His eyes seemed cold and distant as the San Francisco mist. Here it comes, she thought. She’d […]

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