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R. K. Duncan

Fantasy with darkness and a sharp edge of hope.

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R. K. Duncan is a queer polyamorous wizard and author of fantasy, horror, and occasional sci-fi. He writes from a a few rooms of a venerable West Philadelphia row home, where he dreams of travel and the demise of capitalism. In the shocking absence of any cats, he lavishes spare attention on cast iron cookware and his long-suffering and supportive partner. Before settling on writing, he studied linguistics and philosophy at Haverford college. He attended Viable Paradise 23 in 2019.

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The Sweetest Fruit of Summer

Published Mar 10, 2020 · 6,543 words (24 minutes) · 53 views

Classic Fantasy treachery blood slavery Persephone retelling hades revenge coercion revolution nomads prophecy pomegranates mythic

A girl from the green valley is taken by the king of the dead lands for a wife and a prophet, and does what she must to make the world better.

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man holding half an open pomegranate

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Bury Your Love Head Down (Poem)

Published Jan 10, 2020 · 173 words (1 minute) · 111 views

Fantasy Romance death Burial crows Cauldron of Rebirth reincarnation

A poem about death and myth and transformations.

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Gazing into the Horizon

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The Thirty-Eight-Hundred Bone Coat

Published Dec 1, 2019 · 8,408 words (31 minutes) · 155 views

Fantasy Family bones diving money anxiety

Navid is a bone-diver, and he will risk body and soul in the black river for a chance to lift his family to wealth and security beyond their trade.

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Winter Picnic

Published Nov 4, 2019 · 151 words (1 minute) · 63 views

Fantasy poetry poem Eating the Moon

A poem about death and after.

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Gazebo in the snow

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Sunset Like a Dying Fire

Published Nov 4, 2019 · 998 words (4 minutes) · 151 views

Classic Fantasy fairies impossible choices bewitchment Iron Will Not Save You

Thomas meets a Lady walking home at dusk.

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This is a longexposure shot taken in the Ullanlinna district, Helsinki. October night.

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Medium Matters

Published Nov 4, 2019 · 2,360 words (9 minutes) · 181 views

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Marrissa Matters, medium, advises a correspondent about the dangers and best ways to deal with posthumous harassment.

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Set square near a laptop

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Farewell Concert at the World's End

Published Nov 4, 2019 · 3,474 words (13 minutes) · 210 views

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Luther is going to be a real Enthusiast someday, no matter how many people he has to kill and add to his guitar.

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Lightning

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A Circle of Steel and Bone

Published Nov 4, 2019 · 7,621 words (28 minutes) · 128 views

Fantasy Horror Mystery Historical Teutonic Order Cultural Imperialism Christianity Catholicism historical fantasy Monasticism Crusades Northern Crusade

In 1230s Prussia, Knight Commander Meinrad of the Teutonic Order must keep the uneasy peace between his knights and the recently-converted townsfolk while investigating a string of bloody and inexplicable murders.

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This is the Rochebrune Castle, in Cantal France. This is a medieval strong castle restored in the seventies. I woke up early to shoot it in the morning light. I love the way it seems lost in the forest, impregnable. I gave this photo to the kind family that takes care of the castle and gave me a nice visit, they where so excited to know a photograph was interested in their castle.

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The Boy Who Loved Drowning

Published Nov 4, 2019 · 4,232 words (16 minutes) · 196 views

Fantasy Horror Mystery

All Bit has in the world is Master Kal and learning to be diviner, but the voices in the dark water tell him things they shouldn't.

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On Falcon's Wings

Published Nov 4, 2019 · 5,984 words (22 minutes) · 166 views

Fantasy Romance demons gods feelings

Alssia and Idris must venture into the Demon Wastes to capture a new god for the city, but will she lose him again, forever this time, when he binds himself to the new god?

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Extreme Desert Hike