Rob Vagle's short stories have appeared in Realms of Fantasy, Polyphony, Heliotrope, and Strange New Worlds. He lives and writes in Tempe, AZ. He grew up in Minnesota and lived in Eugene, OR. for fifteen years.
Stories and novels published by Dog Copilot Press, available wherever ebooks are sold.
Millions of people around the world are growing birds from their chests after witnessing a light event. The skies are full of the birds that have taken flight. This is one story about one man who wants to remain on Earth after this strange apocalypse. His wife, however, has witnessed a light event and is ready to take wing.
When her only son is shot while fleeing a robbery, Gladys must come to terms over his "murder" by police. She doesn't believe her son would resort to robbery and no matter how much she antagonizes her son's former girlfriend, Gladys faces some uncomfortable truths.
Sadie shows Henry a secret place she calls the sky in the ground at the base of a huge, old tree. They are teenagers in the white-hot early stages of love.
There's a cost for entering this portal. Sadie understands this perfectly but Henry needs convincing. Once their decisions are made, both their worlds will be forever altered.
A decade after the Civil War Leroy Roosevelt is lynched for talking to a white woman. His corpse grows, crushing the town of Dobson and spreading across the desert. Two men with memories of enslavement must face Leroy's burgeoning corpse and a future neither one would grow old enough to see.
Approximately 16,500 words, a short novel.
The odds of finding your Completeness weren't great and people like Richard Kean became complete through living. He's proud he hasn't been waiting around for it and he and his late wife Shelia raised their daughter Joyce with the same attitude. He thought he was complete and together until a Filler comes to his door carrying a valise.
Includes two bonus short short stories.
Jack hears the dead laughing and his girlfriend Jewel encourages him to walk through a cemetery to quell his phobia of graveyards. When he meets a jovial dead man, he learns this is her father and he has one request: bring his daughter. Jack would like to honor the request, but at what emotional cost for Jewel and himself?
Includes complete bonus story "Loathsome Rose."
When Stacey Shields learns the man who murdered her parents twelve years earlier wants the forgiving execution, she must gather up the courage to grant the request. Under this new process, murderer Jim Bird would be transformed into a harmless piece of flesh with an empathic link to her. Forgiving should not be taken lightly.
In a world where narcissism is the norm and people interact with their mirrored-selves, Evy wakes up to find her reflection above her bed missing. In her place is an empty bed with rose pedals dotting the sheets.
When all mirrored images leave, what's a narcissist to do?
A short story.
Includes complete bonus short story, "The Forgiving Execution."
A short story about childhood friendship and facing mortality. Originally published in Realms Of Fantasy, April 2001. Cover illustration by Laurie Harden.
Includes complete bonus story, "After The Sky Fell."