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Featured: When I Had Eyes, I Didn’t See by Anna Yeatts

  • Hauntings by Laura E. Price
    Some leave only shadows behind.
  • I Promise by Liz Colter
    Grief is more powerful than death.
  • The Woman on the Bench by Stephanie M.Lorée
    What is seen in the dark.
  • No Body by John P. Murphy
    Secrets never stay buried forever
  • A Cold Welcome by Floris M. Kleijne
    The past has a way of catching up.
  • Extra Innings by José Iriarte
    Sometimes goodbye isn’t the end.

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by José Iriarte The majority of my in-real-life writer friends are novelists or aspiring novelists, so I'm a bit of an odd duck around them, with one foot in the novel-writing world and one foot in short fiction. Over and over my novelist friends say to me, "I can't possibly write anything as short as a short story," or "Every time I try to write a short story it turns into a novel." When they hear about flash fiction—I'm going to go wit...

Europa and Callisto - Cold to the Core

Sci-Fi Deak Style by John Deakins Simon Marius discovered the four Jovian moons the same year as Galileo. His names, centuries out of favor, are used today. Jupiter’s moon, Europa, though the smallest, gets the spotlight because of its water content. One model gives it 1-10 km of surface ice; the other argues for 60 – 100 km of ice. Both models predict a salty ocean beneath, perhaps another 100 km deep, stirred and heated by tidal flexi...

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Mark of Distinction

What Distinguishes Great Authors from Good Ones? by Laura E. Price Back when I was a self-conscious college student, I would answer the inevitable English-major question of "Greatest modern author?" with "Toni Morrison." She was a safe choice, because people wouldn’t look at me sideways for naming her, and doing so never made me feel like I was entirely lying. Here's the secret: I always named Morrison because of Beloved. Which is a gr...

Crackling Spit

by Floris M. Kleijne It was a beautiful, sun-drenched day in Ötztal Valley, Austria. My objective was a Hütte well above the tree line, where the proprietor served sensible Austrian lunches, and the view of the valley was supposed to be breathtaking. I had seen the Hütte high above me from the campsite, its red-white-red banner dancing in the wind. At the murmuring brook where the path up the mountain side commenced, I set out into the tr...

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Queen Mab by Brenda Anderson, When the story plot unfolds, we see the malevolent nature of the fairy queen. I enjoyed the flash of 'reality' with the Tunguska event, and of course the sweet revenge Hugh set in motion...”

Volume 2, Issue 12; Theme: The Fae

Reviewer: Yolanda

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“In Sweet Home by Alex Gorman, aliens have taken over the world. Perversely, they are fond of dressing their slug-like shapes in human clothes and enjoying tea parties. These aliens are the worst kind of Evil Overlords, or the best depending on your perspective.”

Volume 2, Issue 11; Theme: Revolution

Reviewer: Cyd Athens

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The Silhouette and the Smoke by Richard Baldwin, is the story of a pair of lovers in a tribe without verbal language who are taught to speak by a bear... A sweet, sad story of innocence lost, that found me grieving even for Chief, whose first use of speech was to create the tribe's first lie.”

Volume 1, Issue 12; Theme: Native American Folklore

Reviewer: Stevie McMichael

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And When Innocence Falls to the Floor by Damien Walters Grintalis, Amelie confronts the horror and finds peace. Remembering doesn't make her happy, but the knowledge allows healing. She leaves the crumbling house and gets on with her life. Brutal images and a believable character. I enjoyed this. Well done.”

Volume 1, Issue 8; Theme: Fractured Fairy Tales

Reviewer: Sherry Decker

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