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Featured November 9, 2017

Kate Heartfield

The Semaphore Society

2989 words (11 minutes) · 7 likes

Science Fiction

The talented Kate Heartfield of Ottawa, Canada brings us “The Semaphore Society,” a story with something for everyone: near-future technology, a new written language born of need and creativity, suspense, and perhaps the most relatable feeling of all... social anxiety on the internet. Give it a read!

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short story

Featured November 2, 2017

Benjamin C. Kinney

The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.

3443 words (13 minutes) · 4 likes

Fantasy

We have one more ghost story to share with you before we say goodbye to Halloween. This one may make you wonder: who says we can't change our fate after death? Benjamin C. Kinney is a writer and neuroscientist who loves to explore the intersection of science and faith, and the human and inhuman mind, and it sure shows in this story. Give it a read! If you like it, leave a tip, comment, or share with friends.

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Featured October 27, 2017

Laura Pearlman

Why I Hate Zombie Unicorns

1651 words (7 minutes) · 4 likes

HorrorHumorStrange

It’s almost Halloween, and that means it’s time for a story to crawl under your skin. Though the title may say zombie unicorns, this story is one part humorous, two parts creepy, and three parts haunting (can zombies haunt?). Laura Pearlman, purveyor of bad ideas and excellent vocabulary, lives in California with two cats and no unicorns. Note: this story contains disturbing themes and may not be appropriate for younger readers.

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flash fiction

Featured October 19, 2017

Karlo Yeager Rodríguez

Every Orphan Child to a Good Home Should Go

928 words (4 minutes) · 4 likes

FantasyHumor

Familiar tales are not always what they seem. Enjoy a different spin on wicked stepparents with this week's story, “Every Orphan Child to a Good Home Should Go,” by Karlo Yeager Rodríguez. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Karlo now lives and writes in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Featured October 12, 2017

Helena Bell

Robot

1822 words (7 minutes) · 3 likes

Science Fiction

Our story this week comes with razor-sharp teeth. The Nebula-nominated “Robot,” by Helena Bell, bends genres with skin-chilling ease: it’s not often we notice Southern Gothic elements in our science fiction (or vice versa?). Helena, also a certified cave diver and former SCUBA instructor, lives and writes in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We’re lucky to have several of her stories available on Curious Fictions. Give it a read, and tell us what you think.

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flash fiction

Featured October 5, 2017

Shane Halbach

Copy Machine

665 words (3 minutes) · 4 likes

Literary FictionScience Fiction

Our featured story this week comes from Chicago-based Shane Halbach, who counts writing, knitting, and accordion-playing among his many skills. We love this story for the poignant way it captures serendipity in such a short space, and we hope you enjoy it, too. “I’ll make a copy of you when you’re feeling flirty, and you can make a copy of me when I’m feeling handsome.”

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