Mysterious Ways by David Steffen

Mysterious Ways by David Steffen The afterlife was arbitrary, Sam Fichtner decided. There was no Heaven or Hell, only one place. He’d had plenty of time to ponder since he crossed over. The Hereafter was filled with endless …

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Gateway Blood by Ezekiel James Boston

Gateway Blood by Ezekiel James Boston “Pa?” Mother called. Dressed for the ball, she hiked her long baby blue dress carefully as to not cause wrinkles. “Pa?” Still in my smoking robes, I leaned on the fireplace. It …

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Paper Craft by Leigh Saunders

Paper Craft by Leigh Saunders Tracy lays the small, square piece of white paper on the freshly-washed table, her hand brushing across the worn wooden surface, glancing past the nicks and scratches of countless meals prepared and served …

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The Thing About Analyn by David Steffen

The Thing About Analyn by David Steffen In retrospect, I should’ve realized there was something bizarre about Analyn much earlier than I did, certainly before we’d been dating for six weeks. But I was a college freshman, barely …

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Landscape by Erica Ruppert

Landscape by Erica Ruppert Laurie looked over her shoulder as she changed lanes, force of habit even though she was alone on the road. The highway behind her was swallowed in blackness. As she turned back she caught …

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Sparg by Brian Trent

Sparg by Brian Trent Sparg had difficulty making pancakes, but he was trying. In the empty apartment, he clutched the silver bowl with one tentacle to hold it steady. With another, he attempted the far trickier business of …

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Otherwhere by R.L. Robinson

Otherwhere by R.L. Robinson (Manuscript recovered by the whale ship Fury, arctic sea, 1845) Screams from above reached sickbay, and I found Borr raving up above, covering the deck with bloody, smeared smiles. Three others held him as …

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The Unobliging Princess by David Wiley

The Unobliging Princess by David Wiley “Just take me home,” she said with a scowl. This was not the sort of reaction that Alistair was used to hearing from rescued damsels in distress. He had been in the …

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Jimmy Smith Has a Dinosaur by Gregg Chamberlain

Jimmy Smith Has a Dinosaur by Gregg Chamberlain “Moooooommmmm! Pleeeeease?” “No, Billy, you can’t have one.” Billy’s mom picked up another plate, one of the chipped ones, and started wiping it dry with quick, almost-savage strokes of the …

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Poultry by Kevin Ikenberry

Poultry by Kevin Ikenberry Enandi sponsored me into the workshops of the Elai.  Once they determined our human trades had an equivalent in their society, the Elai immediately engaged in efforts to communicate with us and learn from …

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