Brian Burt

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Brian Burt writes both short and novel-length speculative fiction. He has published more than twenty science fiction and fantasy stories in various magazines and anthologies. His short story "The Last Indian War" won the Writers of the Future Gold Award and was anthologized in Writers of the Future Volume VIII. His debut novel, "Aquarius Rising Book 1: In the Tears of God," won EPIC’s 2014 eBook Award for Science Fiction. "Aquarius Rising Book 2: Blood Tide" won the Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Science Fiction in 2016. Brian works as a cybersecurity engineer and lives with his wife, three sons, a mongrel puppy, and an adopted stray cat in idyllic Southwest Michigan. The cat, in particular, remains unimpressed with his literary efforts unless they come with tuna.

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Soul or Eclipse

Published Apr 7, 2019 · 5,398 words (20 minutes) · 1 like · 83 views

Fantasy Horror dark fantasy aura spirit

The inner lights of the people of Munson were being eaten away by some primeval darkness. Only Lita Hoile could see it happening... but could she stop it?

During move-in week the solar eclipse passed over us. Experiencing it and being able to take photos of it was the adventure of a lifetime.


Climbing Jacob's Ladder

Published Jan 5, 2019 · 6,789 words (25 minutes) · 2 likes · 170 views

Science Fiction

Raghib was determined to raise his family up the Ladder to Heaven... but he would have to fight his way through the Helldragons to get there.


The Last Indian War

Published Dec 15, 2018 · 6,346 words (24 minutes) · 1 like · 169 views

Science Fiction

Joseph Soaring-Hawk had seen it happen too many times: human colonists destroying an alien race in their haste to grab another planet. This time, he would find a way to stop it... no matter what the cost. (This story won the L.Ron Hubbard Gold Award and was originally published in Writers of the Future Volume VIII.)

I was taking Senior photos in the woods when I noticed this little fella staring right at us! Good thing I had my long lens!


The Brilliant Blood of Souls

Published Nov 4, 2018 · 5,329 words (20 minutes) · 1 like · 168 views

Horror Science Fiction

Morpheus killed women in a way that the L.A. press found eerily romantic. Algernon Harris knew better... and only he could stop Morpheus from consuming the essence of the woman he loved.

blood vein texture



Published Sep 30, 2018 · 6,152 words (23 minutes) · 2 likes · 281 views

Fantasy Horror

When day and night meet as equals, when light and darkness battle for the soul of the world, the Black Spring of Ojibwa legend has arrived.



Published Sep 16, 2018 · 5,555 words (21 minutes) · 2 likes · 233 views

Science Fiction

The most courageous sacrifice a human being can make is to give his life for the lives of others... but the Synobians were not human. Would you give your death to save your species?

Buddha lamp cradling a plasma orb.


Time Bomb

Published Aug 31, 2018 · 4,476 words (17 minutes) · 3 likes · 320 views

Science Fiction

It's a terrible thing to lose the person you love most in the universe to a monster... but to see it happen timeline after timeline was more than Elias Rochon could bear. To save her, he would risk his life a thousand times and grapple with a madman on the brink of Never-Was.

When Time Stood Still


Phantom Pain

Published Aug 11, 2018 · 5,884 words (22 minutes) · 2 likes · 284 views

Horror Fantasy

In New Orleans, the Devil buys on the layaway plan. If someone stole everything you loved, what price would you pay for revenge?