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KJ Kabza has written and sold over 70 short stories to a multitude of anthologies and award-winning fantasy and science fiction magazines. His debut print collection, THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES, has been called "a fresh new voice in the genre" by Booklist and "bursting with both ideas and emotion" by RT Book Reviews. You can support KJ's work by subscribing via his Curious Fictions author page or by visiting https://kjkabza.com/works/books/ and purchasing one of his short fiction collections.

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Upriver

Published Aug 23, 2019 · 2,403 words (9 minutes)

Fantasy retelling dark Afterlife Greek myth hell

After a hard life spent suffering from other peoples' greed, Diana doesn't think an afterlife spent stuck on the banks of the River Acheron is so bad--until she realizes that even here, the greed and suffering goes on. What will Diana do, now that she has nothing left to lose?

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Ghost Town

Published Aug 17, 2019 · 98 words (1 minute)

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction weird surreal weird fiction flash fiction ghost stories slipstream

People aren't the only entities that leave ghosts behind.

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Her Echo

Published Aug 10, 2019 · 592 words (3 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy Love fairy tale dark fable flash fiction

When the Old Wise Woman of the Tall Bright Hills finally passed through the veil, she left three things behind--her Reflection, her Shadow, and her Echo--and granted them their freedom. But when they all espy a beautiful youth, everything changes.

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Bed 17

Published Aug 3, 2019 · 1,779 words (7 minutes) · 24 views

Horror Science Fiction cyberpunk dark dystopian body horror urban

Nurse Anjee knows that bio-nanites are the cutting edge of personalized medicine: they can kill cancerous cells, keep down inflammation, keep insulin receptors functional, and keep waistlines trim. But if they can be programmed, then they can be hacked--and to her hospital comes the most terrifying, cutting-edge hack of all.

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Other Than This

Published Jul 27, 2019 · 196 words (1 minute) · 2 views

Literary Fiction Science Fiction flash fiction slipstream surreal slice of life

In what universe must you live to be that which you are not?

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Neighbors: A Definitive Odyssey

Published Jul 18, 2019 · 7,502 words (28 minutes)

Fantasy Literary Fiction weird fiction slipstream weird surreal puns

Joystick lives in Joy House, that big sprawling definition on pages 635 and 636 in the dictionary. When a new word--J/psi particle--moves in next door, Joystick is eager to make friends and introduce himself. But as Joystick learns, J/psi particles are fundamentally unstable, and his new friend doesn't have long to live. Can Joystick muster the powers of his other friends' definitions to find a way to forestall J/psi's death?

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You Make Bath Times Much More Fun

Published Jul 11, 2019 · 924 words (4 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy Horror flash fiction Dragons kidlit childrens

"There’s a dragon living in the bathtub drain. It’s as long as my arm, and purple, and it smells like the old wet rug in the basement. ...I named the dragon Henry."

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The Perfect Find

Published Jul 5, 2019 · 324 words (2 minutes) · 45 views

Literary Fiction Family flash fiction hoarding

With every yard sale, thrift store, and abandoned cluster of junk at the roadside, James' mother is on the hunt, and James and his father can't tell for what. When James' father disappears, James' mother finally locates the perfect find--and it's the greatest tragedy James can imagine.

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The Hornets' Nest

Published Jun 26, 2019 · 1,336 words (5 minutes)

Fantasy fairies happy ending kidlit children’s fiction

Instead of hornets, the hornets' nest in the woods behind Angela's house has a tiny porch, tiny doors, and fairies smaller than bumblebees armed with tiny, stinger-sharp swords. Angela's father refuses to believe her and is planning to destroy the nest. What can Angela do?

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The Color of Sand

Published Jun 20, 2019 · 6,973 words (26 minutes) · 1 view

Fantasy happy ending fairy tale cats Family the ocean The Sea secondary world fantasy

Exiled from town, Fairday is forced to raise her son, Catch, among the talking sand cats in the dunes and survive by selling the beautiful but mysterious stones that sometimes wash up on the beach. When Catch accidentally swallows one--and magically quadruples in size--Fairday must face her past to restore her son and rebuild her family in a way she never anticipated.

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