The Long Way

“The Long Way”

by William Campbell Powell

Day 1.

Distance travelled: 2 miles

Distance to go: 36,999,998 miles

 

My plan didn’t get off to a good start. I tried to catch the morning bus, but the driver wouldn’t let me on without a grown-up. So I walked. […]

The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship

“The Consequential Effects of Practiced Penmanship” by Marc A. Criley

Time cracks and uhrbuchs rustle. I look up from a half-penciled illustration. Willy Arnold stands outside my bindery’s one way glass door, stock still. Right side profile of a stone hard face, ashen in the dim light. This is not […]

Middle of Nowhere

“Middle of Nowhere”

by Walter Dinjos

People often squeeze their faces in disgust and tremble in fright whenever the name Boko Haram is mentioned. They put their hands on their heads and cry, “Tufiakwa! Abomination!” over the daily bombing and slitting of throats in the north.

I wonder […]

All and Nothing

“All and Nothing”

by Chadwick Ginther

 

The last Revener had died, and with him, Valkura’s link to the dead.

Aught crept past the guards and into her uncle’s lodge. Fires burned hot in every corner, for no shadows could be allowed to steal the Revener’s soul before […]

Barleycorn

“Barleycorn”

by Cae Hawksmoor

They all want to die for me eventually.

Some spend themselves in an instant, their faces and voices leaving no more of an impression than shallow footprints in ploughed earth. Men like Peter are different. They linger over weeks and […]

Caretaker

“Caretaker”

by Eden Royce

 

Doctor Bryant was the premier astrobiologist in the United States and she was crouching in a corner of her lab, cowering from anyone who tried to approach her.

“What the hell?” I asked, aghast at the sight of the professional woman who had […]

Dead Men Walking

“Dead Men Walking”

by Jeremy Szal

It’s not easy to live inside the armor, but between getting my skin peeled away like wet paper by the razorstorms and my bones shredded to chalk, it’s an easy choice. You get used to it after the first two […]

Skullboogie

“Skullboogie”

by Ville Meriläinen

Even before she grew a clock over her heart, Alcine was a little different from those around her. While her peers lived in houses where they used every room, she and her mother dwelled in an old villa by the lakeside […]

What Makes the Desert Beautiful

“What Makes the Desert Beautiful”

by John P Carr

 

The sun was rising somewhere behind Yaran. Even here, in the shadow of his wrecked escape pod, the air was thickening with heat. The temperature would increase, and the shadow protecting him would shrink, as the sun crept […]

What We Found

“What We Found”

by Miranda Suri

 

My story starts like a bad joke.

A drunk, a runaway, and a rich man walk into a bar. Well, not a bar, but a rusted, run-down gas station in a sea of sand and sepia.

Or maybe it starts more […]