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Alistair Ainscott writes tales of science gone haywire, men gone mad, oddballs gone even odder, twin toddlers run amok, cats doing the things that cats are given to do, and other nefarious goings-on of the mysterious and the unknown.

His fiction has appeared in the professional-paying Penumbra e-Mag from Musa Publishing, and he has also studied fiction with Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith.

For more information about his work, go to http://alistairainscott.wordpress.com/.

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The Totem of Curtained Minds
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,220. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The new guard on Cell Block D makes life difficult for Gareth Warren Abrahamson, serving a life sentence for one terrible mistake. But Ol' Man Clark Soderstrom has something remarkable up his sleeve, and what they discover will pull back the curtains shrouding the minds of men. And from time itself. A gripping story of the ultimate escape -- and one man's quest for rehabilitation.
The Ostracons of Europa
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,380. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Ricardo Cuerta experiences the thrall of discovery when he peers beneath the most astonishing pattern in the Solar System: the frozen shards of Europa. But what shapes loom in the darkness? What wonders lurk in the deep? And most importantly—what does that pattern mean? First published in Nature magazine, the answer will forever change how you look at this remarkable moon of Jupiter.
The Miles
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,470. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Only a forked thatch of pavement separates men like Poulan from your doorstep-- any doorstep. Miles of road, miles of byway, miles of interstate. Poulan devours the miles. Within every man lurks a monster, within every monster lurks a man. Fate rides on the millions of miles that pass under a man's rig, and the secret loss that propels Poulan over the horizon.
The Blood Red Clay of Old Virginia
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,240. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Plenty about Clem Haskins unnerves Robert Pinkney. Six-foot-six Clem Haskins. Hairpin turn broken-nosed Clem Haskins. One eye good and one eye crazy Clem Haskins. But now Jenny Fontaine needs his help, and Robert Pinkney will find out just how much strength it takes to dig up the things he thought would stay buried forever in that hard, hard blood-red clay of Old Virginia.
Feathers of Frost, Feathers of Flame
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Between Cascadia and the White Death stands one man--Kaleetan--and one blade--the Sword of the Silver Mists, annealed in the ashes of his fallen bride. His quest propels him to the summit of The Sentinel of Fury, a realm of dragons and curses, prophecies and sacrifice. Can he forsake his love, the promise of life everlasting? The fate of a kingdom gripped with ice and fear hangs in the balance.
Echoes of Hush and Solace
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,710. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
From a bereaved man’s extraordinary love and unfathomable loss to the future of what it means to be human… a death-defying plunge into the vast hell-forges of Jupiter on a quest for redemption… and an occult jaunt through time to the White Sands of the Trinity Atomic Test Site in search of solace, this collection of stories shines new light on the paradox of the human condition.
Great Red
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,260. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Life, love, grand adventure— Piotr Petschnigg had it all until the avalanche swept his brother away. Now he travels a billion kilometers from home to throw his life into the implacable roiling bowels of the Great Red Spot. To dredge up a sample of the fabled metallic hydrogen from the vast hell-forges of Jupiter. And maybe, just maybe, to find his redemption-- and the girl that got away.
Bilking Time
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Associate Professor Antoine Beasley can't win. He spars with Dr. Dennison Wigdor over half-baked grants. He tries to game arch-nemesis J. Peabody Cramer in a not-so-friendly contest of H-O-R-S-E. But then Beasley makes the most serious miscalculation of all: he tries to bilk time itself. The consequences will make you laugh out loud-- or your head explode-- whichever comes first.
Piss Match and Other Stories
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
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A high-tech urinal. A pointless workplace confrontation. What could possibly go wrong? Alex Nieman's addiction to Roaster's Dark Loam coffee and networked multi-player games takes a disastrous turn for the worst when he crosses paths with Desmond Bainbridge, a marketing mid-manager with an uncanny ability to stonewall the work of others from afar, in a corporate pissing-match for the ages...
Between Grief and Remembrance
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Wracked by insomnia, grieving for his lost wife, Oliver Brinkman turns to a renowned sleep expert Dr. Leopold Neumann for answers. But he might not like what he hears. Because in a dizzying world wrought by incredible advances in augmented cognetics, when miracles arrive—medical or otherwise—they don't come tied in a nice, tidy box. A moving tale of love, loss, and what it means to be human.
The Sensei of Dandelions Hushed
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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.
Fractured Boundaries: Five Tales of Shattered Reason
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 26,470. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Unter Grimschrund presents five tales of shattered reason: Beyond Hubble's Shadows the Daemon Darkness Lies, The Lost Tales of the Master, The Hands of the Phantom, I Walk in the Shadow, and A Criminal of the Near Future. From the discovery of the horrific truth of the cosmos, a man obsessed with a decaying book, to men tainted with strange powers, each tale glowers with penetrating dark visions.
The Lost Tales of the Master
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,730. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Robert Edward Henkle takes a book from the trembling hands of his dying grandfather. An ancient leather-bound volume. Rumored a first printing-- perhaps even the property of Edgar Allan Poe himself. Can Robert escape his own dark-shadowed past, or will the vivid and hideous longing stirred up by the book draw him ever deeper into the lost tales of the master?
The Hands of the Phantom
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,730. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
What strange, dark powers haunt these forsaken limbs? The Phantom. A mysterious man, a shattered man. A man meandering the boundary between life and death. Clarissa Waters. Founder of the Not By Choice Club. A woman shattered by her own painful past. What happens when day meets night, when dark meets light-- which hand will she choose, left or right?
I Walk in the Shadow
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,970. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A man tainted with death becomes a walking pall over the world of men. Twenty-nine year old widower Keith Cremmins meets Judith, the would-be woman of his dreams, but finds that the shadow of death lingers over their nascent relationship, over the streets of the city, over the entire urban core-- and perhaps even the very firmament of the cosmos itself.
Beyond Hubble's Shadows, the Daemon Darkness Lies
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,960. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The twenty-second century, Perlmutter Transantarctic Array, Antarctica. Dr. Alexei Zotov peers into the eyepiece of the observatory, into the deepest abyss of the cosmos. What is really out there? What fate does the universe have in store for us? What cosmic horrors brood in that daemon darkness, staring back at us-- seething, ravenous, remorseless-- and who shall be their scribe?
The Thorns of My Flesh
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,880. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A charred manuscript, found in the collapsed ruin of the 519 Westlake Condominium Superplex. An urban infestation of the pallid cat-briar. Effigies of white vines, congregations of transients and deranged visionaries. What epidemic sweeps the city, what madness ferments in its abandoned buildings, and what, pray tell, is the abscess that festers beneath my skin?
Displaced
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,610. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Can a man lost—utterly lost— find his compass? Gordon Bonderman has never known a world without direction. Until now. Until it all collapses. Until the cities lie dark. How will he find his way? And when he does, will he want to go back... or will he drag everyone into a new, dark, directionless future with him? * A science fiction thriller by Alistair Ainscott.
A Criminal of the Near Future
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,630. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Franklin Sinclair. Arrested, imprisoned. In the clutches of the State, in the clutches of a counselor. A massif of a man, always probing, always one step ahead, always leaving him with small cryptic wooden boxes. What is it that lies underneath the machinery of the state? What is its purpose? How does it feed itself? And most importantly: what is it that rattles inside the final box?
Dark Prophets: Five Tales of Doomed Visionaries
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,310. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Unter Grimschrund presents five tales of dark prophets: Crossroads, The Drill, Mind Reel, The Man in the Quadrangle, and Nuclear Spring. From tales of wealthy vagrants obsessed with roadside memorials, a grief-stricken man who must face his resurrected wife, to the terrible choice faced by a man smitten with the topology of a beautiful woman's scars, each story probes dark and unique worldviews.
Fevered Visions: Ten Tales from the Febrile Hinterlands of Reason
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 46,250. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Professionally published writer Alistair Ainscott presents ten tales from the febrile hinterlands of reason. The stories probe shades of light and dark, from hilarity to shadows of doom. The light-hearted farce of a man trapped on a 3,000 mile trip with his twin toddlers. A mysterious forest fortified by concertina wire of black-barbed briars. One man's quest to atone for nuclear holocaust.
Mind Reel
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,890. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Matthew, grief-stricken, a man with an eidetic memory. His mind projects the death-reel-- the haunting vision of Katrika, his wife, in the aftermath of the auto-crash-- over and over, without relent. Until Dr. Paxton disentangles their fates, reconstructs her from the ruin of Matthew's mind. Can a man face his resurrected wife while he remains dead inside, or will the mind reel play on?
Crossroads
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,890. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
After the death of his wife, wealthy vagrant James Gilbert drives the dark rural roads of the Pacific Northwest, lost, utterly lost-- until he encounters Vantage Ackerman, bereaved parent, dark prophet, profane seer. Together they careen through roadside shrines and high-speed accident sites, edging closer and closer to their dark destiny, to the one thing they can never have: Closure.
The Briarwood
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,880. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The prickly evergreen vines behind the childhood home of Martin Luske-Sanders rise and fall in great dunes of black-tipped thorns. There are hidden things here, inexplicable and monstrous things, lost shards of time. And it stretches before him, a dismal reflection of his future, a haunting memory of his past. A lost brother, a final truth lurking amongst the bloodthirsty thorns of the briarwood.
Nuclear Spring
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
The last day of spring. The fireball of the apocalypse. Ballard Grimshaw, emancipated from his prison of taut flesh. A new world of burn wounds and dark prophets, of the subterrane and horrifically shattered beauty. For it is there that Ballard beholds Anouck-- at first repulsed, and then smitten by the otherworldly topology of her scars-- and must make the most terrible choice of all.
The Familial Tremor
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,410. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Ronald Masterson is haunted by the present, haunted by a past he can't shake, and haunted by a future with the most horrifically perfect woman imaginable. Because each day he fails to solve the mystery that stalks him, it's another step down the long spiral staircase of The Insanities, another step towards his fate at the hands of the familial tremor, another step closer to the consequences.
Five Tales from the Workshop at the End of the World with Kris 'n' Dean
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,700. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Professionally published writer Alistair Ainscott presents five tales of mystery and the fantastic: Trinity of the Sands, Season of Black, The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki, Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony, and The Thriller Writer's Workshop, interspersed with essays on writing, including How to Write Literary Masterpieces of Sheer Gilded Genius by Dumpster Diving.
Season of Black
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,980. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
James and his young wife Chantelle alight on the candy-striped badlands of Gilbottegen A seeking epic firsts and the thrill of discovery. But when the Season of Black arrives it maroons them on the dusty shoals of a misbegotten cinder of a star -- and from one another. They each descend into a strange alien world, seeking the means of survival -- and reconciliation. But as for The Others...
Maiden Voyage of the Pink Plastic Ponies
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 2,080. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Drake Derringer thinks he knows how to handle his preschooler twin girls until he has to figure out how to tell the family that he's been relocated... to Mars. But they ain't even gettin' into Low Earth Orbit if his beloved girls can't bring their beloved pink plastic ponies along. * A silly tale of science fiction... with toddlers. By professionally published writer Alistair Ainscott.
Five Crimes Against Literature
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,520. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Professionally published writer Alistair Ainscott unleashes a vile compendium of five literary transgressions, a special room in hell for the serious-minded: "The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki," "Occupy Stinking America," "Maiden Voyage of the Pink Plastic Ponies," "Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony," and "Why Oranges Are Apples", plus excerpt from "The Flies Dropped Dead."
Why Oranges Are Apples
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,070. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
The Shadow Guy, an inept vampire. The Harbingers of Doom, Death, Destruction, and Other Nasty Things. The Happy Elves, the Pissy Flippin' Bastards, an outlandish pachderm wannabe. A medley of deranged characters assault the stage in this Pythonesque collection of comedy sketches that took the college theater circuit by storm, available as 100% genuine electrons for the first time ever...
The Ferro-Erotic Roaches of Kiki
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,980. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Kiki dwell contentedly in their hive until the odd roundy beasts plummet to the surface. Chantelle and James, marooned on an alien world of banded stone and gaping chasms, take refuge in the warrens of the roach-like denizens of the planet. They find a peaceful, if uneasy, co-existence. Until the baby arrives. And they call again for help. And Chantelle must choose: her baby or her life.
Tailor Maidens
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Pablo Mistry envisions the latest advance in electronic textiles out of Silicon Valley when he beholds a sleek high-tech T-shirt at an airport boutique. But he soon discovers that the ultimate personalized user experience has turned him into his own, rather dubious brand-- and that this tailor-made digitgal monstrosity will bring him no end of grief-- unless he can get the damned thing off.
The Flies Dropped Dead
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 32,740. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Jonathan Canny is a workaday morgue staffer who thinks he's seen it all until he discovers dead flies scattered around the body of a gorgeous woman. Canny turns to Lila, his ex-girlfriend, to seek some answers, but what they uncover engulfs the entire morgue in a creeping webwork of darkness, culminating in one man's desperate struggle for redemption-- even if is far too late for his beloved Lila.
Assailing the Void
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Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Georg Ventman knows only the dim, cramped world within the megacity of a dark future. He needs to stretch. He needs to break free. He needs to assail the void with a two-fisted gesture of exaltation. * A short science fiction story of escape from a dystopian future by Alistair Ainscott.
Five Strange Obsessions
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,140. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Professionally published author Alistair Ainscott presents five offbeat speculative tales: "The Thriller Writer's Workshop," "Tailor Maidens," "Occupy Stinking America," "Assailing the Void," and "Trinity of the Sands." From hotshots with something to prove, a romance of bad breath and extreme plastic surgery, to one man's burden to atone for nuclear holocaust, it doesn't get much stranger.
Captain Disaster and the Twin Terrors of Unholy Matrimony
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,880. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Bernard Keyes travels cross-country with his identical twin girls so they can be flower girls in his brother's wedding. But that last mile of winding country roads just might be the hardest part of his journey... other than the ceremony itself. An inkling of trouble cracks in Captain Disaster's arthritic knuckles, but can he push his sputtering, rusted-out old truck fast enough to save the day?
Occupy Stinking America
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Walter Peabody has a problem. But is the problem with him, or his entire stinking nation? As they pare away all that is unnecessary in their lives, Walter and Gwendolyn-- and everyone else in this great land our ours-- just might find out. For without his stench, Walter would have nothing: not his supermodel wife, not his mega-yacht, and definitely not enough of a fortune to fuel a small army.
The Drill
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Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Benjamin McKeever knows the drill. Just get a fake house, a fake car, and a fake job, shrink-wrap them together, and call it your pretend life. But today his duplicity reveals the stale air trapped in the bubble wrap of his soul, and he's forced to free himself-- and anyone who gets in his way-- from the drill once and for all.
The Thriller Writer's Workshop
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,550. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Hotshot faculty member and amateur writer Martin Sanderson attends a Thriller Writer's Workshop at the ragged edge of the world on the Oregon Coast and finds that he's in way, way over his head. But Sanderson has a thriller of his own to write and intends to show these so-called professionals just why he belongs right there in that chair with the rest of them.
The Man in the Quadrangle
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,700. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2011 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Financial ruin precipitated by a house fire traps Matthew Williamson in a job that he hates. His office overlooks a quadrangle, where the shadowy figure of a smoking man haunts his waking dreams. Williamson slowly realizes this doomed terrain of stained concrete and container shrubs has become a half-mirrored reflection of his own mind, where he must battle the smoking man for his very life...
Trinity of the Sands
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2011 by Rapid-Dynamix Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
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Los Alamos, 1945. Mort Whitman helps build "the gadget" that will end the war and immolate untold thousands of men-- if it works. As the minds of men mushroom in a dark dream of war, he seeks solace in the white sands of the Jornada del Muerto. But what he discovers there teaches him how justice really works in the New Mexico badlands-- as well as how one man can atone for a nuclear holocaust.


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