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James Van Pelt

Everything's Unlikely

Jan 11, 2019 · 1,516 words (6 minutes) · 1 like

Fantasy Literary Fiction Love Strange

Chance rules our lives. It's true! But it's also true that luck favors the prepared. I found that this is a fun story to read out loud. More people relate to the odd mechanism of suspense in the story than I would have thought. Maybe one of the reasons the story works out loud is that I am gray-haired, have a moustache and gold-rimmed glasses. You'll see why that is relevant if you read the story. JVP

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Kirsten Imani Kasai

Brain in a Jar

Jan 9, 2019 · 4,852 words (18 minutes) · 1 like

Literary Fiction Love Science Fiction Strange

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Shira Lipkin

Becca at the End of the World

Jan 9, 2019 · 1,416 words (6 minutes)

Horror Love

I nestle the video camera on its makeshift tripod, carefully centering my daughter’s image. She tucks her hair behind her ear and gives a strained smile. She is sixteen, and that hair is long and golden–kissed light brown and straight; she has the gangly grace only teenagers have, that sleek gazelle form. She is wearing khaki shorts and a striped tank top, and the bite mark on her arm is already putrefying.

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Aidan Moher

The Dinosaur Graveyard

Jan 7, 2019 · 1,409 words (6 minutes) · 1 like

Love Science Fiction

A shattered dinosaur, a heartbroken child, and a mother's love coalesce in this touching story about family, loss, and growing up.

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James Van Pelt

Eight Words

Dec 28, 2018 · 2,721 words (10 minutes)

Fantasy Horror Literary Fiction Love

Because I’ve written ghost stories, I'm often asked during panels at conventions if I've ever seen a ghost. At first I said that I didn't believe, but inevitably that meant that someone would wait in the hall to earnestly tell me of their encounters with ghosts. Now, I say I don't believe in flying saucers, but I want to see one. To see a flying saucer, an alien spaceship, would open the universe to possibilities that don't seem to exist. Seeing a ghost would do the same thing. JVP

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K. V. Johansen

The Serpent Bride

Dec 24, 2018 · 5,144 words (19 minutes)

Fantasy Love Historical

Benedikte, transformed to a snake by her brother and his nurse, walks in the dreams of knights to find the one who can break her curse.

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Jessica Reisman

Flowertongue

Dec 19, 2018 · 7,023 words (26 minutes) · 1 like

Classic Fantasy Literary Fiction Mystery Love Historical

Rappaccini's Daughter meets orchid hunting meets weird adventure tales, with an epistolary flourish...

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Dario Cannizzaro

Bathroom Love

Dec 19, 2018 · 1,146 words (5 minutes) · 1 like

Classic Literary Fiction Love

A brief moment of drunken love between two lost souls, with the world around them spinning unaware.