Hubert and the Crone by S.C. Hayden [fantasy]

Hubert and the Crone by S.C. Hayden [fantasy] “Can you make my lips rosy red,” the crone asked. “Can you make my skin creamy soft, my bosom plump, my thighs firm, my nest hot and tight?” The wicker nodded. …

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Autumn Waits by Ken MacGregor [fantasy]

Autumn Waits by Ken MacGregor [fantasy] Autumn is tired. Her long hair, which had been green, then red and yellow and finally brown has begun to fall out. Her dress is tattered and her skin dry. She wants …

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Turning Back the Clock by David Steffen

Turning Back the Clock by David Steffen Lewis checked Mary’s wrist for a pulse even as her heart stopped beating. He was too late. An ambulance was on its way, but it wouldn’t change anything. She’d insisted on …

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Dead Guy Walking by Brian K. Lowe

Dead Guy Walking by Brian K. Lowe Bobby knew he must be dead when he saw that he hadn’t spilled the detergent. Anybody who’d just taken a fall down the basement stairs the way he had couldn’t possibly …

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Harvest of Night Seeds by Rose Blackthorn

Harvest of Night Seeds by Rose Blackthorn Crickets chirped beyond the garden, their repetitive symphony so common that Tracy barely noticed it anymore. The night air was cool, and stars sparkled in a clear sky like glitter thrown …

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The Existence of Posters by J.J. Steinfeld

The Existence of Posters by J.J. Steinfeld It was a Sunday, early in the morning, on the first day of summer, when an amorous young man of twenty, leaving a married, older woman’s apartment, saw the beautiful poster …

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Where Sea and Sky Kiss by Dan Campbell

Where Sea and Sky Kiss by Dan Campbell Illness skulked about the village, hiding in the alley fish-rot and grasping at coats in the fog. The sea misted up and smothered the houses, as if already holding the …

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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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Friends by Stephen Sottong

Friends by Stephen Sottong “If you’re lying, nerd, I’ll kill you,” the tall girl yelled to the small, ugly boy on the slope above her. “Look.” He pointed to glyphs incised in rocks and disappeared inside a cave. …

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