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Tom Marcinko

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Tom Marcinko's short fiction has appeared in Rosebud, Interzone, Realms of Fantasy, Science Fiction Age, Ellen Datlow’s EventHorizon.com, and other venues. He is shopping a novel, writing another one, and getting frighteningly close to earning his Master’s in Humanities.

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The Nixon Wrangler's Tale

Published Jan 10, 2021 · 3,089 words (12 minutes) · 26 views

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A warning: This story contains many things that might offend some readers, including semi-explicit sex, "sci-fi violence," four-letter words that somehow retain a certain power, and a general spirit of meanness. Ellen Datlow said she liked it in spite of herself, and published it in 1998 on EventHorizon.com, a site you need the Wayback Machine to find today. The theme park name in this story was stolen from Judith Berman, who I hope forgives me.

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Henry the Human Flea

Published Dec 2, 2020 · 1,017 words (4 minutes) · 70 views

Science Fiction Superheroes

This story was published way back in the last century, in a British magazine called The Edge, edited by Graham Evans. It was originally conceived as a pitch for an anthology of Spider-Man stories, but the editor who sent me a polite rejection said it was "too weird for Marvel." (How's that, again?) It's fortunate that I was able to capitalize on the superhero craze years before it was ripe for monetization.

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A Close Personal Relationship

Published Dec 2, 2020 · 3,714 words (14 minutes) · 84 views

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Some people might be offended by this story's language, to say nothing of its religious concepts. This story was published in Realms of Fantasy, edited by Shawna McCarthy, in 2010. An earlier version was published in New Writings in the Fantastic, ed. John Grant.

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