Last Rites by George Cotronis [horror]

Last Rites by George Cotronis  We drove around for hours that night. The town was empty, sleeping. Dim lights disappearing in the fog as we passed them by. Like being lost in the expanse of space, there was …

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The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton [sci-fi]

The Filigreed Cage by Krystal Claxton “I don’t understand why you’re doing this.” Valeria spoke in hushed tones, though no one other than Nolan was within earshot. “Because I can.” Nolan’s fingers worked against the cuff on his …

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Graveyard Shift by Holly Schofield [sci-fi]

Graveyard Shift by Holly Schofield When Ryan Leong received the call about his mother’s death, he had one foot crammed in a tree fork and the other dangling over the electrified fence. He muted the visual and muttered, …

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Walls by Jeff Hill [horror]

Walls by Jeff Hill “Forget everything you’ve ever learned about women,” the giant black Sharpie had written on the bathroom stall. How fitting, he thought. How very true, he agreed. Graffiti on walls and stalls alike were starting …

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Penumbra by Jay Caselberg [horror]

Penumbra by Jay Caselberg You know, it’s a funny thing walking through the valley. Thy rod and staff and all that stuff. None of it matters a jot. There is no tunnel. There is no white light. There …

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Virtually Human by Melanie Rees [sci-fic]

Virtually Human by Melanie Rees The curtains billowed as a cold gust swept through the open window. Unknown voices whispered on the breeze with a metallic tincture, sending chills down Miranda’s spine. “Someone’s out there,” she said. “Ignore …

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Momentum by Kevin David Anderson [horror]

Momentum by Kevin David Anderson The world wasn’t ending quickly like a well-placed shotgun blast in the mouth, but rather like Dwight always figured it would—twisting and squirming, sucking in every last foul breath, hoping for just one …

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Grinpa by Brian K. Lowe [sci-fi]

Grinpa by Brian K. Lowe My grandfather died the day the aliens landed. They pulled Katie Couric out of retirement just to cover the news; I thought it was pretty unfair, since I was sure that Katie Couric …

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