As spirit man, Aruk has been called upon to use his gifts to solve many problems. With guidance from the ancestors and the spirit world he has great wisdom and gives good advice.But the first true crime his tribe has ever encountered will put him -- put them all -- to the test.Without the power of the world's five elemental crystals, the world of Vida will fall into darkness. Only the prophecy of the Light Bringer can restore peace to Vida.In this first novelette of a five part series, Regina Lepue finds herself taken hostage by a nameless vandal, who claims the world's Crystals of Balance are in peril. Can she believe this ruthless killer, or is there something deeper to his story?
A sweet little girl.A bullying big brother.A creepy old well.Beware of what you wish for.Get ready for engaging, and oddly humorous content in this month’s edition. Alessandro Cusimano and Jerry Williams will kick off this issue with speculative poetry that may disturb the deeper you wish to analyze. Then we present Richard Lee Landridge’s The Missing Limb, an excellent story of a horrific haunting that doesn’t rely on ghost and spirits, but rather the mind and body split in relation to a known medical phenomenon known as phantom limbs. After surviving a horrific night a slave to your own body’s sinister unconscious intentions, take a break from the bloodletting with Every Twenty-two Days. It’s a slightly dark tale with a hint of erotica with a man cursed to live in torment, denied of freedom and bliss until he can find that certain lay.
Keith and Kevin are best friends with the unique ability to remove their penises. Kevin thinks it would be a good idea if they swapped for a night. However, when one of the penises turns up missing, it leads them on a strange and beautiful quest of self-examination, friendship, and mystery.In 2001 a story was written that would change the course of history, or at the very least, the course of about seven minutes a fifth hour Creative Writing class in Waseca High School. Ten years later it was revisited by the author. Based on a true story, you can now enjoy the story, as it didn't actually happen. Sean was a normal seventeen year old boy. When he found an abandoned Britney Spears poster in the hallway, his life seemed complete. But when his poster was stolen, Sean finds himself embarking on an adventure that will test his will and the truth behind ultimate knowledge. One question remains, will he get the girl? There's only one way for you to find out. Read "Unlucky" from cover to cover. Or I guess you could skip to the end and find out that way.And one more thing, the premise of this story is based on actual events, however many of the names have been changed, events have been made up and some characters have been completely fabricated. Relax and enjoy the book for what it is.
A woman grapples with survivor's guilt after a body is found in her garden bed: an ageing beauty queen contemplates her past: a world champion free-diver disappears during routine training...In moments disquieting or quietly inspiring, this collection considers the complexity of the connections we make — with our family, friends and neighbours, and with those met briefly or never at all.
In the sacred city of Axcanan, the time of the Chosen has come again.The sky-god and the goddess of the dark night waters require sacrifices.For Clever Sun-Fox and his twin sister, Red Flower Hummingbird, it is an honor.For Ulli, twinless slave to the temple priest, it is a terrible duty that will reveal a more terrible truth.Ten years ago two children went missing and were presumed to be victims of a satanic ritual. Police charged the antisocial brother of one of the victims with the crime, but the real culprit's still on the loose. The approaching anniversary prompts the killer to strike again, but there's a private investigator who's beginning to ask the right questions about what happened a decade earlier. The killer discovers that he's being hunted, and decides to do whatever it takes to stay hidden. Lincoln Pierce always wanted to be a private detective, but his life didn't end up the way he expected. His daughter's debilitating disease forced him to make some questionable decisions, and he's been paying for them ever since. He's determined to make the most of a bad situation, and has started looking into a case that could change his entire career, if he doesn't get killed in the process.
Paige and Daniel's new apartment seems too good to be true. A great place for a young couple with a baby on the way. Spacious, good location, fireplace, appliances, and such reasonable rent! What could be the catch?It isn't like it's close to the asylum -- well not that close.And it isn't like it's built on an old burial ground -- not an official one, anyway.Okay, so, maybe there was a secrePaige and Daniel's new apartment seems too good to be true. A great place for a young couple with a baby on the way. Spacious, good location, fireplace, appliances, and such reasonable rent! What could be the catch?It isn't like it's close to the asylum -- well not that close.And it isn't like it's built on an old burial ground -- not an official one, anyway.Okay, so, maybe there was a secret potter's field where they'd bury the lunatics, but that was ages ago.After all, the rent's so reasonable!
In DICK SWAP, Keith and Kevin found themselves in a situation where one of their penises got lost and they hadn’t found it by the end of the book. PARTY! PATIO! is the exciting sequel to that book. Again Keith and Kevin find themselves in a situation and also Joan, Kevin’s wife, who something might have happened to.In DICK SWAP, Keith and Kevin found themselves in a situation where one of their penises got lost and they hadn’t found it by the end of the book. PARTY! PATIO! is the exciting sequel to that book. Again Keith and Kevin find themselves in a situation and also Joan, Kevin’s wife, who something might have happened to. The most exciting thing about this book is all the great new people they meet and the adventures they have at Applebee’s and other wonderful places. It’s a book full of really tense and dramatic situations and it’s not very long.
"How can a guy have driven a hundred thousand miles by the time he turns twenty-one, and never leave the same town?"T.J. Lawton keeps asking himself that question until one desert night when everything changes.Peter Claydon is an R.A.F pilot during The Battle of Britain. Fate leads him on a mission to pursue a traitor in occupied France.
From the freezing alleys of Chicago to the dew-blanketed bayou of Florida. From bouncing drunks and cleaning up puke to biking through the swamp laughing at peacocks. Freeze to thaw. Filth and broken glass and black water backed up in showers; lizards and Girl Scouts and themed birthday parties. A baby rat freed from the bottom of a dumpster becomes a white ibis wandering the wet driveway after a storm. Goodbye, hello, goodbye. It was the garbage times; it was time for something else. A tale of two tales, connected by a mysterious sunlit portal. Designed with tête-bêche binding as a single volume.
A mini-collection of short stories by Nik Korpon, author of Stay God, Old Ghosts and By the Nails of the Warpriest. Some are noir, some are literary, all take place in Baltimore.To overcome your fear, you must first face it. Someone is out to destroy Greg Robertson and everyone he has ever loved. After an accident leaves his teenage daughter depressed and distraught, Greg will do anything to make her happy again, including hiring a bodyguard to protect her. Olivia Cummings lost both her fiance and her cousin in a deadly avalanche. She has vowed never to set foot on a ski hill again. But now, working as a bodyguard with Marshall Security, Olivia must face her greatest fears to save Greg and his daughter. Something about Olivia's determination strikes a chord in Greg, but will she be the salvation he needs, or will he be her destruction?
Steffa thought that by moving across the country and changing her name, she could start a new life free of the stifling old-money and high-society obligations of Hartford Cove.She should have known better. Her ex-mother-in-law doesn't give up that easily. When Virginia Vandermere wants something, there's no distance too far, no lengths too extreme, and no hurt too deep.Steffa thought that by moving across the country and changing her name, she could start a new life free of the stifling old-money and high-society obligations of Hardford Cove.She should have known better. Her ex-mother-in-law doesn't give up that easily. When Virginia Vandermere wants something, there's no distance too far, no lengths too extreme, and no hurt too deep.
"A new spin on the post-apocalypse genre. One you won't soon forget." --Garrett Cook, author of A God of Hungry Walls
There is a grocery store. The last grocery store in the world. It stands alone in the middle of a vast wasteland that was once our world. The open sign is still illuminated, brightening the black landscape. It can be seen from miles away, even through the poisonous red ash. Every night at the exact same time, the store comes alive. It becomes exactly as it was before the world ended. Its shelves are replenished with fresh food and water. Ghostly shoppers walk the aisles. The scent of freshly baked breads can be smelled from the rust-caked parking lot. For generations, a small community of survivors, hideously mutated from the toxic atmosphere, have survived by collecting goods from the store. But it is not an easy task. Decades ago, before the world was destroyed, there was a terrible thing that happened in this place. A group of armed men in brown paper masks descended on the shopping center, massacring everyone in sight. This horrible event reoccurs every night, in the exact same manner. And the only way the wastelanders can gather enough food for their survival is to traverse the killing spree, memorize the patterns, and pray they can escape the bloodbath in tact.
From the godfather of bizarro fiction, Carlton Mellick III, comes an absurd horror story unlike anything you've read before.
I noticed it was beginning to get dark. And for a couple seconds, it was scary — like that meant the world was breaking, or expired, or bruised, or something worse. It was really scary for a couple seconds but then I calmed down. Up above, the moonlit clouds looked rippled, like the ribcage of some giant thing digesting me.
And I wondered if the direction I was going went down into the digestive system or up out of it. Wondered what difference it made. There was a bug hovering over a small pool of ice cream on the sidewalk. Like a firefly, but it wasn’t a firefly. And I could’ve stepped on it and killed it. But I didn’t. Be thankful, little bug. For in my world, you are just a little bug.
When freedom is brutally withheld, the people have no choice but to rise up, in this post-apocalyptic science fiction sequel to The Rebellion's Last TraitorOverthrowing the tyrannical Tathadann government should have been cause for celebration. But as Eitan City announces its independence, soldiers from the northern province of Vårgmannskjør storm the ceremony and annex the city. The cruelties of the Tathadann soon pale beside their new rulers' atrocities. Henraek finds himself resettled in the north, in a city where the people seem happy and well... until its labor camps and enslaved spirits come to light. The rebellion must begin anew, in Eitan City and throughout Vårgmannskjør, and now the stakes are higher than ever. File Under: Science Fiction