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James Van Pelt

An interviewer asked the author if he wanted to be the next Stephen King: he said, "No, I want to be the first James Van Pelt."

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James Van Pelt fell in love with Zenna Henderson, Ray Bradbury, Ursula le Guin, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey and a host of others when he started reading. In elementary school, he told his mom he wanted to grow up to be a Ray Bradbury, like Bradbury was a job instead of a person. His work has appeared in Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld and many other venues. Stories have been reprinted in Year's Best anthologies and gathered in five of his collections. He has been a finalist for the Nebula, the Sturgeon Award, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He recently retired from teaching high school English (37 years), to write full time.

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The Last Age Should Show Your Heart

Published Jul 19, 2019 · 3,225 words (12 minutes) · 355 views

Literary Fiction Science Fiction Romance literary poetry End of the world

What will the ending moment of the universe be like, when the suns have cooled and the only observers are the machines whose duties long outlived their masters?

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A beautiful poem about letting go and allowing yourself to fall into your lover’s arms by Janne Robinson. Excerpted from her poetry collection “This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give A F#CK” published by Thought Catalog Books | ShopCatalog.com.

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Night Sweats

Published Jul 12, 2019 · 10,002 words (37 minutes) · 1 like · 331 views

Fantasy Science Fiction Historical Romance Casablanca Tokyo Rose quantum physics Adult Content ghosts Hiroshima World War II

Tokyo Rose, a love-sick ghost, a neurotic homeowner, the dropping of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, and dreams so real you can hardly tell when you are awake combine in this science fiction love story.

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Once she stopped rushing through life she was amazed how much more life she had time for.

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Resurrection

Published Jul 5, 2019 · 3,739 words (14 minutes) · 2 likes · 274 views

Science Fiction Romance interstellar travel

"There's no beauty on a starship" claims a Custodian on the Starship Resurrection. Too little room on board, too much metal and sterile surfaces, but she has a job to do and a crew to care for, and maybe, just maybe a glimpse of the divine is still possible when least expected.

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Lovely hands

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Howl Above the Din

Published Jun 27, 2019 · 6,596 words (24 minutes) · 288 views

Science Fiction genetic engineering wolves Extinction

The quote, "And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee," has much truth in it, which is exactly what Dr. Roman struggles with in this story about wolves, desire and the need to survive.

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Voices

Published Jun 14, 2019 · 5,760 words (21 minutes) · 1 like · 346 views

Horror Mystery Science Fiction Historical Romance time travel

Everyone knows about time travel paradoxes and how they make travel into history impossible, but there are ways around the problems, and if you could go back in time, to your best and worst days, what would you discover? Could you answer your deepest mysteries?

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The chimney

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The Invisible Empire

Published Jun 8, 2019 · 7,760 words (29 minutes) · 2 likes · 346 views

Fantasy Horror Historical cthulhu Colorado mining racism mythos

Here's a story of Colorado gold mining in the late 1800s, racism and Cthulhu in equal measure. There are men who are monsters, and then there are monsters.

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The Saturn Ring Blues

Published May 24, 2019 · 4,209 words (16 minutes) · 307 views

Science Fiction Romance Saturn space ship blues

New sports await us in the far future, but the heart remains the same. We want what we want. Time and technology won't change that.

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Savannah is Six

Published May 11, 2019 · 6,935 words (26 minutes) · 1 like · 441 views

Fantasy Horror ghost swimming lake

Poul, Leesa and their daughter Savannah vacation at the lake every year, but the waters there are deep, cold and hold memories as toothy, dark and silent as the pike who glide just out of sight. The story received an honorable mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. Contains adult content.

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Small lake pier

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The Yard God

Published May 3, 2019 · 4,616 words (17 minutes) · 316 views

Fantasy Family insects

The creatures in Demi's backyard love her, and she loves her mom. Life should be good with the love that surrounds her, but Demi has challenges too: Mom is sick, the neighborhood is rough, and what's a good daughter to do?

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This barn owl was very jumpy…not quite used to humans yet.  It was injured by a car and is now being cared for by the rangers at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.

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The Death Dwarves

Published Apr 27, 2019 · 5,075 words (19 minutes) · 1 like · 374 views

Fantasy Horror death Mortality

John Minor suffered a brain injury that left him with physical disabilities and a really wicked scar. He didn't die, though, and now he sees the world uniquely. He can't function the way he did before the accident, but maybe he can still make a difference.

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