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Ben Serna-Grey

Ben Serna-Grey is working through some stuff, often by way of worryingly depressed robots.

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Ben Serna-Grey is a writer and musician currently located in the Pacific Northwest, with music degrees from UBC and UNLV. He has original compositions published through Subito Music Publishing, and he also writes for the heavy metal site Toilet Ov Hell, the album reviews department of New Noise Magazine, and he reviews short fiction on SFF Reviews. He has an electronic music project under the name Mother Anxiety, which put out its debut EP in January of 2019. His fiction has appeared in various venues, including Apex Magazine, Broadswords and Blasters, Flash Fiction Magazine, Two Cities Review, and others.

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Where Gods Dance

Published Oct 11, 2019 · 1,244 words (5 minutes) · 64 views

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Originally published in the March 2019 issue of Apex Magazine (issue 118), it's a flash piece about a father's obsessive and insatiable grief over the loss of his son, and where his grief takes him as he's unable to move beyond it.

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Time Heals All Wounds

Published Sep 17, 2019 · 399 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 47 views

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From the vault! Originally published in 2016, this story won 4th place in the flash fiction contest of the now-departed 404words.com.

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Choice Cuts

Published Apr 10, 2019 · 3,907 words (15 minutes) · 2 likes · 156 views

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A piece I wrote in response to a personal rejection from another story where the editor told me it was good, but there wasn't enough different and new for him. "I'll do something different," I said and thought up the weirdest phrases I could, until I landed on "edible elevator." I ended up with a bleak and horrific dystopian SF piece about conspicuous consumption in a world where everything and everyone is edible. Originally published in issue 7 of the ever-wonderful Broadswords and Blasters.

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Obit

Published Apr 3, 2019 · 253 words (1 minute) · 167 views

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A bleak love poem originally published in the erstwhile With Candlelight on May 10, 2017. I hope those dudes are doing alright. The idea was to write a love poem that wasn't the usual platitudes. Someone who hopes they were loved enough that those who love them would be wracked with grief when they died, because they would feel the same if their lover died.

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Murmur

Published Mar 20, 2019 · 3,524 words (13 minutes) · 2 views

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A story set in the same universe as "Sigh," and one that unfortunately has had a pretty rough publication history. Follows an old widower as he tries to make his way in this burnt out, dead world.

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Featured March 21, 2019

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Sigh

Published Mar 20, 2019 · 1,995 words (8 minutes) · 12 likes · 1135 views

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You wake up, wires surrounding your head like a halo. You try to speak, but mechanical chirps emerge instead of words. The world may have ended, but your new life has just begun. This haunting story comes from author Ben Serna-Grey, a musician, writer, and fiction reviewer living in the Pacific Northwest.

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Calamus

Published Mar 20, 2019 · 1,022 words (4 minutes) · 131 views

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One of my earliest published pieces, originally published on February 8th, 2017, for Flash Fiction Magazine. Two sisters under care of an ailing fortune teller head out to look for healing herbs, and end up finding something much more sinister.

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