The Camas Fairy by Chad Strong [fantasy]

The Camas Fairy by Chad Strong A chilly mist shrouded the entrance to the pathway at the foot of Bear Hill. The paved corridor of Brookleigh Road was silent this early in the morning. Dale crossed it and …

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Pumpkin Seeds by Kevin David Anderson [horror]

Pumpkin Seeds by Kevin David Anderson Halloween jack-o’-lanterns decorated the Lindens’ front porch. Their soft glow illuminated Mark Linden’s dazed expression. Sheriff Kinkade tried to appear positive as he put a gentle hand on Mark’s shoulder. Having no …

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Twilight’s Last Gleaming by H.L. Fullerton [sci-fi]

Twilight’s Last Gleaming by H.L. Fullerton Banthany checked the clock. Seven fifty-eight. Oscar would be done with dinner—his family ate late, because his mom didn’t finish work until six. Night wouldn’t fully arrive until eight-fortyish, but it was …

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Shadows by Mandi Jourdan [sci-fi]

Shadows by Mandi Jourdan A door came into view as the pair rounded the corner. Leonidas caught his breath, knowing exactly what this meant and feeling unprepared to face it. When he’d trained for the Human Liberation Army, …

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The X-Ray by Kevin David Anderson [horror]

The X-Ray by Kevin David Anderson It’s never easy to tell a couple that their cat is deathly ill, but it’s part of my job as a veterinarian. I explain their pet’s affliction as sympathetically as I can, …

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Salvation by Fred Waiss [sci-fi]

Salvation by Fred Waiss A living statue in desert camouflage with brown hair cut to military specs; a gun barrel could not stand straighter, nor could it be colder than the brown eyes that evaluated everything in the …

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