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Laura Blackwell

Laura Blackwell writes along the fantasy-horror continuum, dipping into fabulism or the weird as the story demands.

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Laura Blackwell's stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Nightmare, PseudoPod, and 2016 World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows. Some of her stories have received honorable mentions from Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, and another was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is Shimmer's final copy editor.

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Nonpareil

Published Nov 6, 2019 · 4,550 words (17 minutes) · 1 like · 90 views

Horror magic Canada Cake eco fiction

After her husband's death, Maisie is scraping by selling homemade jam and baking wedding cakes. Surely her culinary talent and a little bit of folk magic will see her through, even with the most eccentric of clients. Even when the eccentric client is marrying the boorish son of the wealthy family Maisie's husband used to work for. Yes, surely that will work out all right. This story was an honorable mention for Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 11.

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Bride and Groom cutting the wedding cake

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An Accidental Coven

Published Sep 6, 2019 · 1,539 words (6 minutes) · 4 likes · 160 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction magic fabulism dresses pushcart nominee

Three women arrive at a party in the same dress. That night, everything changes. This story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Black hellebore
Featured April 11, 2019

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The Posthumous Novel of Edward L. Heard

Published Apr 8, 2019 · 2,200 words (8 minutes) · 6 likes · 521 views

Fantasy unequal bargains life after death fandom

We’ve all known the pain of a series left unfinished, but no one felt it as keenly as Becca -- or were willing to trade away 6 years of life to fix it. But life-or-death trades don’t always go as planned, and Becca has a difficult decision to make. Author Laura Blackwell’s work has appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning 'She Walks in Shadows,' Nightmare, PseudoPod, and more. She’s based in the San Francisco Bay Area and served as copy editor at Shimmer.

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The Eternal Goodnight

Published Mar 27, 2019 · 1,005 words (4 minutes) · 2 likes · 12 views

Fantasy Humor Satire Strange classic picture book weird goodnight moon

We all want to be lost in a good book, but Nobody has spent decades trapped in one they don't like very much.

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Moon and Memory

Published Dec 20, 2018 · 9,179 words (34 minutes) · 15 views

Fantasy boarding school girl power planetary magic

14-year-old Diana and her friends, all heirs to sorcerous bloodlines, call on the power of heavenly bodies to use their unique magics. They must leave the safe confines of 1950 and their Swiss boarding school—traveling through time and space, fact and fiction—to track down the sinister plot that threatens to end one of these bloodlines forever.

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It was a cloudy evening in Arizona on the night of the full moon. The clouds and the moon playing hide and seek really brought out the colors in the sky with the moon’s halo dispersing through the clouds. Perfect time for capture.

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Porcelain Skin

Published Dec 10, 2018 · 2,162 words (8 minutes) · 14 views

Fantasy Love Strange Older Protagonists georgia ballet

Ruth is living out her retirement alone, and she feels the aloneness all the more when she receives a music box that belonged to a loved one...until she steps into the world the music box opens for her.

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Green northern lights

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The One Thing I Can Never Tell Julie

Published Oct 24, 2018 · 3,972 words (15 minutes) · 3 likes · 25 views

Fantasy Horror Strange friendship Monsters hidden in plain sight yarn

Nicole and Julie have been friends for years, and they seem inseparable...but when a strange presence invades their knitting group, everything starts to change.

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Cast on knitting