The stories here are short (some very short) and are mostly sf – that is, speculative fiction: fantasies, myths, science fiction, slipstream . . . all the flavors of fabulation except, I hope, for the mundane. Many were written with the audience of the Usenet newsgroup talk.bizarre in mind, back when text was the thing. —APS . . .
What if you really were transported to a fantasy world and expected to kill monsters to survive? No special abilities, no OP weapons, no status screen to boost your stats. Never mind finding the dragon’s treasure or defeating the Demon Lord, you only need to worry about one thing—how to stay alive. . . .
A variety of short narratives revolving around central storylines, as written by Samazing. Fantasy, science fiction and even a touch of dark humor will feature prominently. Expect violence and intrigue as believabe characters penetrate the mystery and corruption of the author’s mind. . . .
Dragomir’s just a normal guy with a normal job as a normal guard in a . . . castle. Unfortunately, nothing else about his life is normal, and he struggles to keep afloat while a fantasy world full of mad kings, vicious elephants, scheming politicians, bloodthirsty one-year-olds and secretive rats burbles around him. Also, his diary smiles. Cheerfully! Join Dragomir as he . . .
Existential Terror and Breakfast follows the dreary, listless life of Malcolm Steadman. It concerns not the exciting, life affirming moments of his life, but rather the tedious, boring moments that are interrupted by epiphanies both bleak and terrible without warning when he fails to busy himself. It concerns the moments that make breakfast too profound to eat. . . .
Little Richard. A name mistakenly assigned to a high school teacher/vigilante. Now the media uses the title to describe the man who, in the darkness of the night, hunts down rapists, sexual predators, and all manner of scum bags. Monsters like that don’t deserve their family jewels, so he goes ahead and confiscates them. . . .
Faye’s been desperate to reconnect with her lost past since her serial killer uncle was killed and she was placed with her bizarrely normal father’s family – desperate enough to strike up a conversation with the first dead girl she meets, no matter how dangerous that might be. Dorita’s not happy about being a dead girl – she never . . .
Prison Paradise follows one man as he moves to Hawaii and becomes a serial killer. The story is told via blog through his daily experiences, flashbacks, and photos (both of the beautiful Hawaiian scenery, and his victims). . . .
It’s a classic tale we’ve all heard before: four children find a magical portal that whisks them away to a fantasy realm beyond their wildest imaginations, like something out of a story. It would almost be fun . . . if everything there wasn’t trying to kill them. But for Detective Rex Jade, it’s just another day at work. Able to cross over . . .
A story of a group of teens, high school-college age, working on a superhero team. Or at least, that’s how it starts. This is no perfect world story. People die, and people get seriously screwed up. . . .
An assassination romance about a generous high school teacher who’s forced to make criminal decisions for the sake of a mysterious female student, all while crossing a violent mob boss who wants him dead. . . .
The story of a man whose only meaningful contact with the world is through smells, who is slowly working his way out of his mother’s basement out into the wide world of people and relationships. The Smell Collector tells the story of Jim Bronson and Marie Bellman. Jim has a hobby. He collects smells. Marie happens to have the . . .
Sep 28, 2013: Reading When the Deep Purple Falls is a bit like being at the top of the Grand Canyon to start a hike – it might be an interesting journey, but it quickly becomes evident that the path here is down all the way. It is, for the most part, an eerily quiet depiction of a criminal whose life is falling apart, and who’s too numb to really feel it or know what to do. Our protagonist, Frank (a.k.a. Bardos), works for Mack, who seems to be sort of a small-time [more . . .]
Jun 29, 2010: I grew up a comic book geek thanks to my Dad’s extensive collection. I get excited about superheroes, but I also have high standards because I’ve read so much. Superheroes in text form are interesting to me because you get to know the interior world of the characters in a different way than a visual comic—you also get to use your own imagination more.
"The Last Skull" has entirely gripping prose that lets you see everything in your imagination vividly. The [more . . .]