Fiction

Stump Kid

A tween makes a deal with the local urban legend to ensure that his final Halloween Trick-or-Treating goes according to plan.

In the Bowels of the Theater

There is magic in the theatre, ancient and powerful – not just of the stage, but of an elder and mighty god…one which Sucunde would see freed and restored.

Fidget

Dubious captains, drones, economies built around recycled rocket boosters, and love.

Club Fiends

The wild hunt calls, and it’s time for Ondine to depart this world, alongside her club-obsessed brothers and sisters. Yet she’s in love with a mortal – or is she? Her decision to stay or go must be made fast, for a terrible monster hunts her

Dramatis Personae

A speculative riff on T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men and the lack of interpersonal connection in the modern world. This is the way the world ends: When it can’t afford to pay the supporting cast.

Checkpoint

On a distant planet, a young alien and his human neighbor plot to escape to the paradise known as Earth.

The Witch’s Wife

There’s a strange game the local children play in the woods, one where there are only three things you can be: the Witch, the Witch’s Wife, or Soup.

Swatted

Cara McHenry has only one chance to get a lead on her kidnapped sister, but the only ace up her sleeve is surprise . . . if she can hold her nerve.

Speed of Shadow

When a mysterious, dark figure keeps up with a family’s car at highway speeds, one little girl must inform her dad of the danger before it’s too late.

Four Season War

The seasons pass, and recruit Charlie-7 loses himself in war.

I Got Dem Ol’ Apocalypse Blues Again

Jackson, a wanna-be bounty hunter in a post-apocalyptic city, has been hired to find the people responsible for several acts of industrial sabotage. A moral person living in a city where morality isn’t a particularly good survival trait, Jackson ends up facing a crisis of conscience.

Mortimer the Maus

In “Mortimer The Maus,” Picco conveys the childhood terror of becoming lost in a large crowd, and the perils of being found by something else.

The Feather and the Lamp

A magic lamp should have been a gateway to Imperceptibility’s every desire. So how did she end up in the underworld covered in slobber from a three-headed dog? And then there’s capture by fanatical priest-mercenaries, sacrifice to a quantum dragon, and getting trapped in a chicken coop. Will she ever find her way back home? More important still, what’s a goose feather got to do with any of this?

Annihilation Plan: (Mars Wars Book 3)

If you happened to have an illegal telescope, or proxied your galaxynet address well enough to pirate your way to satellite images of Mars, you might glimpse a damaged but operational Mars Orbiter 1, alive with ‘rebels. If so, you’d be witnessing Mars Wars.

Virtually Yours

In a world of seamless surveillance where virtual and real coalesce in a teasing dance, love is the trickster

Disgruntled

An email subscriber becomes disillusioned and frustrated with the effects of a blog’s magical advice.

Mother Worked Nights

A boy struggles to come to terms with his absentee mother. His father insists it’s due to her busy work schedule, but something doesn’t seem right.

Playing House

Three sisters play a dangerous game in a house which mysteriously appeared–and which could vanish again at any moment.

Arachno Thank You

Thomas makes progress with his shrink, but the process of opening up and sharing his dreams has an unintended effect.

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Changeling

Marion recalls a tale her grandma told which she has never forgotten. The story of Kara O’Brien, a strange looking child who attended the village school in Connemara, Ireland, where the old lady grew up. Marion’s grandma reveals a secret that was known only by herself and her Aunt Josie. Kara O’Brien was no ordinary child.

Incandescent

Sarah moves back to her old stomping grounds and buried memories return to haunt her. The only way to exorcise them is to face them head on, but she’s not sure if she’s ready to shine a light on the horror that lies within.

The Laws of Nature

Two space prospectors, Zdenek and Sarika, encounter an unusual unknown life form in space. Due to carelessness, the first contact with it turns out to be too harsh and the situation escalates…

Simulacra

The alarm blared. Tim Jorgensen opened his eyes and sighed. The clock was yellow. It should have been red!

Living in a buggy computer simulation is not all it’s cracked up to be.

The Savage Year

In 1968, mage Artemis West has a dull government job double-checking the bindings of ancient demons. Only someone’s just set one of them free. With the help of a teenage vagabond girl, Artemis has to catch a cosmic horror or America won’t make it to 1969.

Komorebi

An android physician achieves a fleeting moment of sentience.

Dumping Ground

A damaged android is abandoned on a junk world, where she finds a society of androids who had been discarded by humanity.

Ascending

Does the value of true peace transcend the means of its own achievement?

Ye Anointed

As many faithful gather to worship their gods, another group gather for something else.
One sees it as a sermon with a dead audience,the rest see it as an unholy sacrifice to a malevolent entity. Terrible,but necessary in order to end their suffering.

Medicated Success

Mr. Frabbit is a new man on new medication. His days of hallucinating blue cats are behind him. Now he can look forward to returning to work. On his first day on the job, he is alarmed to be having hallucinations of miniature trains. This is new. Mr. Frabbit begins to question if his medication has been successful.

Three Eight Two

Where past and future meet, often it’s those living in the present that feel most conflicted.

The Not-So-Duff Duff-Duff

Butter won’t melt in her mouth – and neither, therefore, will butter cookies. An Undercover Secret Agent (upper case hers), recruited by the far-flung planets Government after a solar system-wide call for applications, brings down the Underworld (upper case theirs) by pretending to be a Pillar of Society.

A Tour of Fort Helix

Bioengineering armies of killer mutants to fight the War against Evil is a growth industry in 28th Century Australia.