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Aurealis #74
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: Australian English. Published: September 2, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In this issue we feature Imogen Cassidy’s ‘Soul Partner’, an urban fantasy gumshoe pastiche with some original touches, and Leife Shallcross’ creepy and engrossing ‘Music for an Ivory Violin’. Chris Large brings some thoughtful silliness with his ‘When a Jedi Should Think Twice About Bringing a Knife to a Gunfight’, and Stephen Higgins continues his SF’s Sacred Cows with Asimov's Foundation.
Ghost Relics
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,390. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Caina Amalas is the Ghost circlemaster of Istarinmul, the leader of the Emperor's spies in the city. She is a master of stealth and disguise, and faces foes of terrible power. So when an ancient relic of necromantic sorcery is discovered, Caina must destroy it before it kills uncounted thousands of people. Starting with her...
Aurealis #73
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,480. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This issue of Aurealis features the near-future Melbourne of Daniel Baker’s gritty and evocative ‘Refraction’ and a chilling transformation story, 'Kisses with Teeth’, by Allan Chen. Shane M Brown’s article, ‘The Secret to Selling eBooks’, continues his series on thriving in the new publishing eco-system we live in, and we round things off with a bumper crop of speculative fiction reviews.
Aurealis #72
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,170. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 12, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aurealis #72 features the testing and touching ‘Age’ from Ashlee Jade and the tough and turbulent ‘Ballard and Ballard: A Biopunk Detective Tale of 2080 AD’ from Steven Ma. Shane M Brown offers some salient advice with ‘The Pitfalls of Self-Publishing’. With some of the most searching SF/Fantasy reviews available anywhere and top-notch artwork, Aurealis #72 is bursting with goodness.
Shimmer: A Faerie's Tragic Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Cover Art by Daniel Chon Ariane & Aureliam have grown up together, always knowing they were destined to spend their lives together. But a chance meeting may bring an end to the happiness they've always hoped to have together. Ariane's father has other plans for her future...and they don't include Aureliam. Short Story - Fairy Tale
Out of the Picture and Into the Picture
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
Out of the Picture and Into the Picture by Victor G. La Van Way and Ilyan Kei Lavanway is a fantasy adventure book containing two short stories about a pilot who is miraculously reunited with his father in a strange storm. Experience superimposed worlds and altered realities. Relive the thrill of flight as you follow this pilot's mysterious journey. Find a renewed hope and youthful determination.
The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn't, the Mummy That Was, and the Cat in the Jar
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,180. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
A short tale of mummies, werewolves, and well preserved felines set in the world of the Parasol Protectorate. Alessandro Tarabotti and his valet, Floote, are on a mission in Egypt when they encounter visiting tourists and things go all pie shaped. What is his real mission and will his Aunt Archangelica approve of his treatment of her cat?
A Wolf's Tale
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,650. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Ever wondered what lurked in the shadows? Questioned whether vampires or werewolves were real? Jake Peterson knows they are. He will tell you first hand how he was created and the struggles he faced in a new world. Birth, death, rebirth. Life is a tricky concept and the world Jake enters is a whole lot trickier.
The Muse and Her Artist
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,510. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
When James arrived in Seattle, he soon found everything he'd dreamed of: talented band mates, recognition as a skilled performer, and financial success. However, James also found a heroin addiction and a shadowy incarnation of a mysterious muse. Set during the Seattle grunge era, James struggles with his successes and failures while trying to put his life in order around his Muse.
Perspectives on a Dragon
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Perspectives: In this pair of short stories, the same event is narrated from two very different viewpoints. The Last Dragon: An old king with three sons. A dragon menacing the farmlands. A noble quest. One son is strong, one clever and the other one is Lorn. Which will defeat the dragon and inherit his father's kingdom?
Earth II
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,880. Language: American English. Published: August 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
When President Fluff, ruler of Earth II, decides to get greedy, no place in the Vexars Universe is safe.
Aurealis #71
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,170. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Aurealis #71 has superb stories from Michael Grey and Emma Osborne, plus Shane M Brown's advice on e-publishing and our extensive reviews section.
Mythed Connections: A Short Story Collection of Classical Myth in the Modern World
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,300. Language: American English. Published: July 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
Have you ever met a muse in a café? Ever wondered if that drafty corner of your grandma's basement is actually a portal to Hades? Ever heard noises in the woods that you couldn't account for but suspected were part of a trick being played on you by a Greek god with an English accent? Okay, so most people haven't, which is probably why everyone in this short story collection acts so surprised...
Aurealis #69
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,910. Language: Australian English. Published: April 1, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
The latest Aurealis features Richard Viskovic's 'The Electric Itch', which is guaranteed to make you scratch just thinking about the technology depicted, and Mick Spadaro's 'It Came From A Party Supplies Store', which is one of those rarities—an SF story that aims to be funny, and actually is funny. Don’t miss the Stephen Higgins’ archive classic: 'So, you want to be a science fiction writer.'
Aurealis #67
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,280. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
More of the world's best new speculative fiction. The new year's first edition of Aurealis has a lot of bases covered with wildly different stories by Jennie Rix and Tsana Dolichva, plus an interview with actor Pierre Perrier about French Director Fabrice Gobert’s new zombie/ghost series, The Returned, considered to be one of the most gripping television dramas of recent years. Do not miss this.
Beneath the Knowe: A Faerie Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,350. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014 by Fiddlehead Press. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Can music overcome fey magic? When the chieftain's infant son is stolen away by the fey folk of the Bright Court, Maeve Donnelly journeys beneath the faerie hill to try and save the child. Her only weapon is a simply crafted pennywhistle, and the music that runs in her bard-gifted blood...
Aurealis #70
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,550. Language: Australian English. Published: April 29, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
This issue features 'The Stain on the Lake' by Matthew J Morrison, a dark, chilling piece with characters to die for, and 'Wrecked' by Ephiny Gale, a new twist on the reality television theme, which is sort of 'Truman Show' meets 'Survivor' meets 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'. Don't miss Shane M Brown talking about how his Aurealis story is on the verge of making it to the silver screen.
The Poet and the Crock
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
A poet of questionable talent meets a leprechaun of dubious character in an out of the way field. Unpleasant truths are revealed. Difficult concessions are made. Profits and losses are balanced. And, hopefully, everyone smiles at the end.
Sins of a Father (short story)
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,090. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
SINS OF A FATHER is a noir fantasy short story (3, 085 words). Agent Renfield is called to a crime scene at night in a dark alley but when she arrives, she discovers the city she’s sworn to protect, is in peril from a force that threatens to unsettle the balance of reality and the global perception of what it is to be human.
Tales of Lyrridia: Volume One
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,950. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Welcome to Lyrridia, a world of swords and sorcery, enchanted relics and mythical beasts. Experience this fantastic realm through the eyes of different characters in this collection of short stories. A master elvin tracker struggles to make a difficult choice. A fainthearted rovaar prince attempts a daring escape. A young swordsman takes a magical journey. A trio of friends duel their mentor.