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Child of Words Issue 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,240. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014 by Big Pulp. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Child of Words is the new SF&F magazine from Big Pulp. Published twice annually, each issue contains a mix of science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry. This issue features fiction by Alexander F. Burns; Conda V. Douglas; Mira Desai; Willis Couvilier; Tony Haynes; Shane M. Gavin; Shaun O. McCoy; Clay Waters; and Robert Quinlivan; and poetry by L.B. Sedlacek and Daniel W. Galef.
In Heaven's Glorious Bosom
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Uncle Arthur is about to be revived from his untimely death of some years since. Dog Merdo is about to challenge death at the same time. Death is the only place that the two socially different people, could ever possibly meet in the equality of the soul of each human individual. While Uncle Arthur's vision of bosoms is only ever figurative, Dog Merdo's is more practial and direct.
Inner Mind/Outer Space: Four Short Stories and a Novelette by the Author of Alien Within
Price: Free! Words: 33,680. Language: American English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
In “For the Sake of the Family,” the founder of a peaceful political movement faces death in the very arena she’s been seeking to abolish. Penth and her faithful horse Lia need “The Lady’s Luck” to recover stolen gems. “If Only Father Were Alive” tells what happens when a young girl’s fondest wish comes true. Plus “One Spring Day,” “The Lake,” and two sample chapters from Alien Within.
The Spell of Binding: Part One.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,450. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The World was almost destroyed by science – billions died. The survivors gave up looking for God and looked within themselves. They could hear a new song emanating from the ruins of the past. An ancient song, older than religion and time itself – they heard the magic.
When the Weather Changed
Series: This is Better than That, Book VI. Price: Free! Words: 5,250. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
It seemed obvious to Ash that if you wanted to know the truth about something you should ask people who actually knew, rather than people with no relevant knowledge or experience. But grownups didn't always see the obvious, even when it was staring them in the face; even when the swollen rivers flooded their banks and the heaving seas lifted all but the biggest boats and smashed them on the rocks.
The Cosmic Empire No. 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A rescue mission to the Underworld. A reluctant escapist from Hell. The most-annoying woman Satan has ever encountered. These are what await you behind the cover of the sensational debut issue of "The Cosmic Empire!" Don't miss out!
Legends of Lasniniar: Without Wings
Series: The World of Lasniniar. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
A life without wings is no life at all--at least to Arinwyn's way of thinking. She has never fit in with the other Sky Elves, who label her as a freak. But when she learns her secret heritage, being a wingless land-walker becomes the least of her problems... This 8,400 word fantasy novelette adventure takes place near the end of Soul Seeker from the World of Lasniniar Series.
Bob's Eyes
Series: Unforgettable Fairy Tales, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.00 from 1 review)
How can we see clearly when we are forbidden to see most of what's around us? Meet Bob: He's a coward, and like almost all cowards, he can only see what's on the surface. His "eyes" that he may have been able to see with were removed from his head when he was young, and along with the other Cyclops people, he staggers towards extinction. For the complainer in all of us - approximately 1100 words.
My rotten Valentine
Price: Free! Words: 6,110. Language: Polish. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Wirus zamienia ludzi w zombie. Laura i Marek barykadują się w piwnicy swojego domu, licząc, że uda im się przetrwać Apokalipsę. Tylko że jedno z nich już jest zarażone… To trochę studium szaleństwa, trochę opowieść o miłości i poświęceniu, a to wszystko w stylistyce świata opanowanego przez zombie. Mieszanka gatunkowa, wciągająca i trzymająca w napięciu!
Hecktore
Price: Free! Words: 18,250. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
"Pain of the father, power of the mother. Born in light, full of dark." -Hecktore Hecktore leaves his home in pursuit of a dream. Along the way his true path is revealed. Can he survive the coming of the dark?
Tears
Series: Killgrace. Price: Free! Words: 1,250. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2014 by Ragged Angel Ltd. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
He only saw his grandmother cry five times in his life. A speculative fiction short story.
Of Wolves & Winter: A Tale of Rakki Silverthorne
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,430. Language: British English. Published: September 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
As a slave, the boy had not even as much as a name. The only thing that he did have was his life, short and hard as it had been thus far. But the wolf was a creature not moved by human pity, and in seeking for its prey, intended to take away even that from the boy. So as his life flashes before his eyes, will he accept his fate or fight for the slimmest chance to change it?
Plague of Cats
Price: Free! Words: 4,430. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014 by Roane Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Sonny the Scoundrel must help Grandpap the wizard with Grandpap's newest money-making scheme—selling cats to a neighboring village with a vermin problem. Grandpap feeds a cat-grow potion to the cats in the expectation the cats will breed and grow at a rapid rate. But as the cats rid the village of mice and rats, a new problem develops—a plague of cats.
Children of the Universe
Price: Free! Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A short story looking into the lives and history of the celestial bodies that we take for granted.
Life Of A 'prayer
Price: Free! Words: 4,210. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In a world where dipterans have hunted most species to extinction, James is a Sprayer. He has had a hard life and he deserves to die in peace. If only, he weren't dying so young. It isn't all gloom and doom though, sharing his world are air-pirate heroines, metallic Gorillas and Horses that run on steam. Oh and airships!
A Badge and a Bully: a short story
Series: Tales from the Darkworld: Ember. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,840. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Sometimes, what you are and what those around you are willing to accept don’t match up, even if you are a selkie. (A short story of about 6400 words—about 25 minutes of reading for the average reader)
Downfall
Price: Free! Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
She will make his bloodline suffer. Bridget Sinclair was a Chosen One, a true witch who had done well to escape the fiery fate that awaited her. When the Witchfinders capture her, Matthew Hopkins has finally discovered the one thing he had spent a lifetime searching for.
In Love with the Boss
Price: $65.00 USD. Words: 124,100. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Leah has been in love with her boss Christian from the moment she saw in him in that tight gray suit. After five years of living on her own after a misunderstanding with her family, Leah starts to think for herself and her own happiness for a charge.
Vampire City
Price: Free! Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When a young woman marries her vampire love, she learns a disturbing secret.
Aurealis #74
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,500. Language: Australian English. Published: September 2, 2014 by Chimaera Publications. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » 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.