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Featured September 11, 2020

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James Van Pelt

The Family Rocket

Published Aug 30, 2020 · 2,319 words (9 minutes) · 215 views

Science Fiction Romance father marriage childhood Mars junkyard space flight

As a child, Lorenzo’s father took him and his siblings on a fantastic trip to Mars—or so the story goes. But what if none of it happened at all? In this creative sequel to Ray Bradbury’s “The Rocket,” James Van Pelt imagines what happens when credulous children grow into skeptical adults.

Van Pelt has been nominated for the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, Pushcart Prize, and more. His limited-edition hardcover short story collection, THE BEST OF JAMES VAN PELT, is now available for preorder from Fairwood Press.

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J. Dianne Dotson

Mister Gerald

Published May 17, 2020 · 751 words (3 minutes) · 296 views

Literary Fiction childhood childhood story slice of life Appalachia neighbors

Two children in East Tennessee come up against their fears, and find out more about themselves.

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Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Thlush-A-Lum

Published May 29, 2019 · 1,030 words (4 minutes) · 544 views

Horror losing a child childhood Bugs insects coming of age metamorphosis cartilage

Markella’s earliest memories are of the sounds outside her window. At hours when no men moved, rustling branches and shuffling grass woke her. A beating pulse like slower, fleshier helicopter blades banished sleep: thlush-a-lum thlush-a-lum.

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2010 was a boon year for these butterflies in my garden. I had a dozen chrysalis in all manner of morphs at any one time. In this image you can see the new green chrysalis coloration, one that’s about ready to emerge (the clear one), and a butterfly that’s already come out. They will hang for hours and dry their wings and are, in fact, quite fragile.
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Angela Yuriko Smith

The Last Child

Published Apr 20, 2019 · 468 words (2 minutes) · 1 like · 416 views

Classic Horror Literary Fiction Mystery Historical death abuse neglect child child neglect childhood Murder

Written for the Women of Horror prompt challenge in February 2019. Read the original at Nina D’Arcangela’s Spreading the Writer’s Word blog here: https://spreadingthewritersword.com/2019/02/27/ladies-of-horror-flash-project-horror-author-angela-yuriko-smith-angelaysmith-sotet_angyal-loh-9/

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Grayson Bray Morris

A Whole Leaf, Dark and Red

Published Jan 16, 2019 · 746 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 513 views

Literary Fiction Magical Realism childhood

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Tim McDaniel

Discards

Published May 11, 2018 · 1,522 words (6 minutes) · 451 views

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A certain boy who became famous for "training" pocket-monsters has grown up, and now must confront his callous treatment of his pets.

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Wendy Nikel

The Shape-Shifter's Mother

Published Sep 19, 2017 · 1,226 words (5 minutes) · 659 views

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A woman struggles to raise her child who’s never quite the same two days in a row.

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