Category Archives: Story

The Four Profound Weaves • 2020 • Fantasy novella by R.B. Lemberg

The Four Profound Weaves. A carpet of wind, a carpet of sand, a carpet of song, and a carpet of bones. Change, wanderlust, hope, and death. Synopsis: The Four Profound Weaves follows a nameless man and Uiziya, two 63 years … Continue reading

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The Pill • 2020 • Dystopian novelette by Meg Elison

I hope you don’t mind me calling the protagonists in this story “fat” instead of some cultivated term paraphrasing extreme forms of obesity. One, I’m a German guy culturally tending towards direct aggressive terminology. Two, the main protagonists thinks of … Continue reading

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Stepsister • 2020 • Fairy tale novelette by Leah Cypess

Synopsis: The story follows Garrin’s perspective of what happens five years after Cinderella’s wedding. Garrin is the half-brother and best friend of prince Charming, now King Ciar. Both fear and love drive Garrin to be absolutely loyal to Ciar, although … Continue reading

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Shadow Prisons • 2020 • Dystopian novelette by Caroline M. Yoachim

Synopsis: In a dystopian future, a harsher form of the Chinese social credit system is implemented. The reader witnesses the system becoming deployed with the help of glasses and implants for augmented reality. They make the whole world look pretty … Continue reading

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Tower of Mud and Straw • 2020 • Gaslamp Fantasy novella by Yaroslav Barsukov

Synopsis: Former minister of internal affairs Shea Ashcroft was banned from the capitol to see to the completion of an anti-airship tower just at the border to the nation of Duma. The paranoid duke doesn’t like to have someone placed … Continue reading

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Two Truths and a Lie • 2020 • Horror novelette by Sarah Pinsker

Synopsis: Stella is in her 40s. She helps an old high-school friend cleaning out his late brother’s house. She’s only there for one day but that turns out horrific in several ways. First, the brother was a compulsive hoarder with … Continue reading

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Burn or the Episodic Life of Sam Wells as a Super • 2020 • Superhero novelette by A.T. Greenblatt

First sentence: Watch Sam burn. Or sort of burn. Well, more like light up, then burn. But only his head. Synopsis: Sam has a weak power which he barely can control. A video of his spontaneous combustion went viral, cost him … Continue reading

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My Country Is a Ghost • 2020 • Ghost short story by Eugenia Triantafyllou

Synopsis: Ghosts in this magical reality are able to follow their families. When Niovi immigrated grom Greece to another country, the border security catched her trying to smuggle her mother’s ghost across the border which isn’t allowed.  Integrating into the … Continue reading

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Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math • 2020 • Fantasy flash fiction by Aimee Picchi

Synopsis: Penny is a girl dreaming of escaping her life through a magical portal, just like in Narnia. She experiments different ways but it doesn’t come to fruition. She fights her everyday battles and turns to a normal life. Each … Continue reading

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Open House on Haunted Hill • 2020 • Ghost short story by John Wiswell

First sentence: 133 Poisonwood Avenue would be stronger if it was a killer house. Synopsis: 133 Poisonwood is a haunted house which desperately wants to host a family again. Show-off houses like those famous killer houses would be cooler and … Continue reading

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