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Apex Magazine - Issue 51
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,510. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013 by Apex Publications. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released the first Tuesday of every month. This month contains work by Charlie Jane Anders, Brian Trent, and Christopher Barzak.
Hedge of Protection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Zak Davis visits a famous Haitian shaman in search of the afterlife spirit of his dead wife. "Lots of local atmosphere and colour and a surprising resolution that is not flagged up in the tale." (SF Crowsnest) "The author spoke with authenticity on Haitian culture. The dialogue and characters felt real to me, and I admired how the author crafted the blend of magic and medicine." (Regan Wolfrom)
The Keystone
Price: Free! Words: 3,050. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
A history teacher recives a message from a strange man and his past starts to unravel. Can he complete the task his father started so many years before he himself was born.
Spellbound: A Tale of Taloria
Price: Free! Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
Flash fiction from the world of Taloria. Young Charlie really wanted to see the fabled demon of Skora, said to be imprisoned for centuries by the shackles at the local shrine, only appearing at the winter solstice. Instead he has found what seems to be a grumpy old man. Does he dare release him at the risk of unleashing a demon on the world?
The Carrier - Episode Two
Series: The Carrier Chronicles, Episode. Price: Free! Words: 15,170. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
It has been almost a month since Luia was destroyed, and Jacob leads his remaining people into the land known as Aelia - potentially bringing the wrath of the Order Lords upon them by breaking the ancient law. While Jacob continues to come to terms with his new role as Commander and an unexpected infatuation, Teanne finds herself suddenly walking in someone else’s shoes.
Nouveau Message (Projet Bradbury, #01)
Series: Projet Bradbury, Book 1. Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 10,390. Language: French. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Samuel, un expert en sécurité informatique travaillant pour les plus hautes instances du gouvernement, voit son quotidien subitement perturbé par l'arrivée d'un message indésirable dans sa boîte mail. D'apparence anodine, ce "spam" va pourtant changer toute sa vie. "Nouveau Message" est le premier titre de la série "Projet Bradbury" (52 nouvelles en 52 semaines) de Neil Jomunsi.
The Sensei of Dandelions Hushed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Join Morrow Walker and the inimitable Great Serendipity Scott as they unfurl the tangled strands of time in their most harrowing adventure ever. Can they help Shizuko Katani, honored sensei and one-time mentor of Mr. Scott, find solace with her long-lost baby sister? It just takes the guts to confront a lightning storm while an atom bomb shudders atop a hundred-foot steel tower directly overhead.
Bloody Betty Queen of the Pirates
Series: Aloha Armstrong The Woman from L.I.P.S., Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,940. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013 by 53rd Street Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Aloha Armstrong returns in a brand new time travel adventure. This time she must stop an enemy agent before he explodes a bomb which will not only destroy the past but the future. She soon discovers the enemy agent may not be what he appears to be, but that the threat is something else. They soon are forced to join forces to save both their futures. Will Aloha save the world once again?
Desert Moon
Series: The Outsiders, Book 2. You set the price! Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013 by WPF Press. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In the 1960s, child killer and Jackson, Nevada resident Barny O'Toole met justice in the form of an electric chair - something that would have nothing to do with Sara Moon, had the Outsiders never come. The second episode of the Outsiders series.
The River Boy
Price: Free! Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Short YA fantasy romance about a girl who falls in love with the prince of a river.
Monster in the Woods
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Prince Dashing isn’t taking “fairy tale peacetime” too kindly. Having killed all the threats to his people, the villagers no longer have a use for a battle hardened warrior, and the Princess treats him as little more than a house husband. Driven to the brinks of insanity by his tedious, pedestrian life, Prince Dashing does the only thing he can think of to reclaim . . .
Unbalanced Party: Fool Me Cockatrice
Series: Unbalanced Party, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Unbalanced Party are at it again. Contracted to catch a troublesome cockatrice, much to Mordwin's chagrin, the lads find a little more than they bargained for in this fantasy humor tale. Roll for initiative and dive into "Unbalanced Party: Fool Me Cockatrice!"
Closer Than Kin
Price: Free! Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 1 review)
The final conclusion to the Wolfcaller Chronicles Promotional series. After finding an injured bird, a young tarin decides to protect it from anything, even the most dangerous predator in the world. But did she ever really have a choice?
Shadows of the Heavens Part 12: Savage Mirror
Series: Shadows of the Heavens. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Returning to Mirror of Heaven in disgrace, even his pariah status doesn't protect Prince Kazuo from Politics. With no one seeming to understand the threat the rakshaa's pose, what can he do to fight them? A 7,000 word fantasy short story.
The Necromancer's Deception
Price: Free! Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
King Horace is at war with the evil empire of Maldraxia. Misdirection and espionage are hard at work as they vie for the blasphemous Necronomicon.
Vampire Blade: Vampire Origins #2
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,330. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013 by Realms of Varda. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A century has passed since the vampire race settled in the arctic north. It seems all is well for Druthor the Great, King of the Vampires, sitting uncontested on the Crimson Throne, when an iron sorceress arrives from the south. With her tales of war and tumult, she brings memories of what Druthor lacks: a national heirloom, an ancestral treasure, Lifedrinker, the ancient blade of the vampires.
Consult the Occult (with Curse of Impatience)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,670. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Andrew, the desire for revenge in his heart, approaches an occult to see if they can exact the punishment he wants. Except, despite his previous impression of what a cult consists of, it is discovered that these ones are less than adequate at the job given to them. A humorous short story at 4,700 words. BONUS SHORT STORY! 'Curse of Impatience', a humorous fantasy short story at 4,000 words.
Crossing the Naiad
Series: Kaunis Clan. Price: Free! Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Its truth forgotten in the mists of time, the old bridge harbors a lethal secret. Neither marble statues awakened for battle nor an ancient roadbed grown hungry, something darker and more primal haunts the stones and the wild river below. Kimmer knows the stories, but she doesn't know why the crumbling span feels so fraught with menace. Her way home lies across the ruin. Dare she take it?
Nymph
Price: Free! Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Rumors of a runaway carnival act lure three kids into the woods on a search for adventure. What they find there will change the destiny of all three and launch tomboy, Samantha, on a lifelong journey of empowerment, heartbreak, and femininity.
Mother's Mountain: A Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,360. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Promises can be hard to keep. But Kalen is a soldier who follows Lord Korn's orders, as she promised, despite her misgivings. She finds and returns with the sorceress who may be able to heal Korn's son and end the storms that have flooded the villages and now threaten the Keep. But can she keep the sorceress safe, even against Lord Korn himself? And why does he fear and hate her so?