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James Van Pelt

The Lies

Published Aug 21, 2019 · 1,217 words (5 minutes) · 224 views

Horror Science Fiction apocalyptic

The magnificent short story writer, Bruce Holland Rogers, said that he wrote his award-winning tale, "The Dead Boy at Your Window," from a writing prompt. The prompt was, "Begin a story with a lie." I used that prompt for this short, apocalyptic piece.

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Charlotte Platt

Horse to Water

Published Aug 21, 2019 · 4,346 words (16 minutes) · 1 like · 169 views

Fantasy Humor folklore Scottish writing LBGTQ horses lakes

A volunteer at an animal shelter gets more than she bargained for when she's called to collect a horse abandoned at the side of a lake. Who is the mysterious woman who comes to collect him? And why is the horse adorned in silver jewellery? Originally published in Trouble Among the Stars #3, link https://troubleamongthestars.com/2019/08/02/issue-3-is-here/

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An early start for a photoshoot on Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park for a client. Took a series of quick shots while waiting for the sun to peak over the hills in the distance!
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Steven Harper

Iron Axe: Chapter One

Published Aug 19, 2019 · 4,218 words (16 minutes) · 129 views

Fantasy

Danr grew up among humans as a hated half-troll and is enslaved to a stingy farmer. He has no hope of a better life, until strange events in the village give him a chance to change the world.

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Steven Harper

The First Maxim

Published Aug 19, 2019 · 5,803 words (22 minutes) · 126 views

Fantasy magic parenting Magicians stage magic sleight-of-hand

I've always loved stage magic and sleight-of-hand. One day, I found myself wondering how such a performer would work in a world where magic was real, and I wrote a story to find out. "The First Maxim" first appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine.

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Laurie Tom

Hunters of the Dead - Author Notes

Published Aug 19, 2019 · 705 words (3 minutes) · 110 views

Thoughts and inspiration regarding "Hunters of the Dead," this week's dark fantasy story for my subscribers.

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Laurie Tom

Hunters of the Dead

Published Aug 19, 2019 · 6,107 words (23 minutes)

Fantasy dark fantasy undead

The mindless undead rise in the borderlands in the wake of the Ravaging a century ago. Bereft of the king's protection, the people of the borderlands now rely on hunters to protect their homes and help reclaim the land that was once safe for humans to live.

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Jude-Marie Green

Derelict

Published Aug 18, 2019 · 4,506 words (17 minutes) · 137 views

Classic Science Fiction space travel generation ship computer systems

Originally published in the anthology, DESOLATE PLACES, from Hadley Rille Books (Eric T. Reynolds, Editor), this science fiction story is an example of great parts that don't quite mesh perfectly. Still, good story with a good payoff.

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Joe Mahoney

CBC Radio Technicians

Published Aug 17, 2019 · 1,017 words (4 minutes) · 103 views

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One of a series of posts about working at CBC Radio back in the day.

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Patience Mackarness

Lost Time

Published Aug 17, 2019 · 398 words (2 minutes) · 4 likes · 353 views

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Ever since her husband’s death, an old woman has been behaving more and more oddly. But after she disappears for three days and turns up barefoot in the woods, her adult children decide it’s time to put their foot down—only to discover their mother is full of surprises. Kick off your weekend with this quick, light-hearted piece by Patience Mackarness, a semi-retired author living in France, where she often writes flash fiction from her antique VW camper van.

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KJ Kabza

Ghost Town

Published Aug 17, 2019 · 98 words (1 minute)

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction slipstream weird surreal ghosts weird fiction flash fiction ghost stories

People aren't the only entities that leave ghosts behind.

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