Deborah L. Davitt

Historical fantasy, science fiction, horror, and, usually, a mix of all three.

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Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Reno, Nevada, but received her MA in English from Penn State. She currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations and appeared in over twenty journals; her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Compelling Science Fiction, and Galaxy's Edge. For more about her work, please see

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The Maze in the Sea of Voices

Dec 22, 2018 · 4,754 words (18 minutes) · 74 views

Horror Science Fiction

A crew of three aboard a small dirigible floating above the liquid oxygen sea of a distant ice moon find signs of alien life--and one of them must come to realize how isolated she's become from humanity, as she reaches out to encounter the unknown.

Conceit and Capability

Dec 22, 2018 · 1,024 words (4 minutes) · 86 views

Classic Fantasy Humor Historical

Jane Austen never wrote about dragons. But perhaps she might enjoy this gentle satire of her style.

Honeyed Tongue

Nov 3, 2018 · 2,035 words (8 minutes) · 164 views

Fantasy Horror Historical

In Edwardian England, a young man with terminal tuberculosis goes to a particular house in search of a gentle death. A death with meaning. What he finds is something perhaps more merciful . . . or terrifying.

She Who is Red

Jun 15, 2018 · 2,886 words (11 minutes) · 289 views

Fantasy Horror

In the Yucatan, a young archaeologist faced with death at the hand of a local crimelord's goons, comes face to face with an ancient Mayan goddess . . . .

photo of man standing in cave surrounded by water
Ave, Caesarion

Apr 25, 2018 · 9,937 words (37 minutes) · 1 like · 326 views

Fantasy Historical

An excerpt from the novel of the same name--join the world of Edda-Earth, where magic and science coexist, and all the gods are real. Caesarion, the son of Caesar and Cleopatra, is god-born of both Rome and Egypt, and now that his father has died, must work to keep Rome on the path to greatness--in spite of the schemes of Octavian and others!


Apr 25, 2018 · 497 words (2 minutes) · 196 views

Horror Science Fiction

How does the world end? Not in manicured lawns and easily-accessible canned goods.

green bungalow surrounded by corn fields

Apr 25, 2018 · 496 words (2 minutes) · 207 views

Fantasy Humor Satire Science Fiction

What happens if you're born into the WORST of all possible words? A response to Voltaire's Candide, Candont answers this question!

This one is a classic. In 1973 a United States Navy DC-3 plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, in the South coast of Iceland. The remains are still there, very close to the sea.
The Graveyard of Ships

Apr 25, 2018 · 14,997 words (55 minutes) · 280 views

Science Fiction

In a universe in which humanity has been at war with an alien race for over forty years, a marooned sailor must work with her worst enemy to escape the graveyard of ships--an inimical area of space to which the galaxy-wide gate system shunts damaged ships before their explosions can damage the gate system. No one survives out here without sacrificing their principles and honor. Can they be the first to escape?

A close-up photo of the bright center of a star cluster.
Demeter's Regard

Apr 25, 2018 · 5,159 words (19 minutes) · 186 views

Science Fiction

The Cenotaph

Apr 25, 2018 · 5,912 words (22 minutes) · 305 views

Science Fiction

iceberg in middle of ocean