Family Sins - A Short Story

This story reveals the dark side of a mother’s controlling love. As much as Sarah adores her son, Michael, she detests the woman he marries. When her daughter-in-law forces Michael to choose between them, Sarah refuses to back down. As her desperate actions unfold, her family’s deadly secrets are revealed.Nameless is a city. A country within borders. A boundless space of ideas. A cosmos with realities, stark and painful, quiet and loud. A space crippled by fears. Nameless is populated. West African. It is in the minds of its people, black and proud. Sometimes Nameless is human. An idea. Sometimes it is in the past. Often times is the now. Other times, it is the future. It remains Nameless. The oldest residents know its dreams, its origins, beginning in a major stream and ending in a clear deep pond. The youngest residents know its pulse, feel its heat, its blood coursing through the veins of the country the history they know is happening right before them, good and bad and ugly. Everyone knows its hopes.Afele is the heart of Nameless. The market place of items and ideas; the Centre where all things meet, where the blood of Nameless converges and gets pumped out into homes and heads and souls. It is the meeting point. It feeds Nameless and starves it. Nameless is ambitious. And in the third world. In darkness. With in adequate infrastructure. Darkened by the lack of electricity. Nameless is in light. Brightened by the hope in the eyes of its inhabitants. Slowed down by the pot holes on the roads. Sped up by anticipation of change by desire. Nameless is rich. And poor. And in between. Nameless is oppressed. Under surveillance. Nameless is free. To dream. Of change. Free. To dare. To live. To express. To break open the boxes in which sexuality and gender and tribe exist. Stifled and stifling. Free. To love and not to take oppression in the garbs of love. Free from the dubious bonds of religion and tradition, disguised as law. Nameless is many things. It is the present we loathe. It is the past that haunts us. It is the future we want.Nameless is what we own, the things we are ashamed of, the hurt that binds us, the leaders who stain our pre sent. Nameless is the clarity we have. It is the knowledge that things can not remain the same. The hope that our children will only know our tears as history. It is all we must do to move us from the things that cage us to being able to fly free to a place beyond where nothing can stop us.We are nameless.And Nameless is usA collaborative book convened by Heinrich Böll Stiftung Nigeria, facilitated by booksprints.net. Nameless strives to inspire change in Nigeria. Eight budding Nigerian writers; Rafeeat Aliyu, Fola Lawal, Kalu Aja, Chioma Agwuegbo, Pearl Osibu, Yas Niger, Elnathan John, and Azeenarh Mohammed, reflect a common vision for their nation's future. Nameless is about the complexities that is Nigeria.
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Redemption – A Short Story

Ben Hawkins blames his father for a psychologically abusive childhood and for triggering his mother’s suicide. The two men have been estranged for years. But when Ben is falsely accused of murder, he has no other option than to turn to his father, a retired homicide detective, for help.As Ben languishes in jail, the noose growing tighter, his father desperately searches for the real killer.Ben Hawkins blames his father for a psychologically abusive childhood and for triggering his mother’s suicide. The two men have been estranged for years. But when Ben is falsely accused of murder, he has no other option than to turn to his father, a retired homicide detective, for help.As Ben languishes in jail, the noose growing tighter, his father desperately searches for the real killer. The evidence continues to mount against Ben until the case takes an unexpected turn.
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The Player - A Short Story

Jacob Flynn thinks he’s God’s gift to women. His game is to see how quickly he can meet them, seduce them, and dump them. When things go too far one night with his latest conquest, Melanie, he ends up with a dead body. He manages to evade the police, but he doesn’t count on Melanie’s sister, Lauren, who will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.Demon blood is poisonous and addictive. Three vampire clan leaders set aside their personal differences and convene to discuss the socio-political dangers of demon blood addiction - and hopefully find a solution that won't put all of their lives at risk.THE 'ZOMBIES VS VAMPIRES VS DEMONS' WORLD:In a post-apocalyptic world, humans are a just valuable resource: zombies want their brains, vampires want their blood, and demons want their souls. Pure humans are difficult to come by, and the factions scrape what they need from each other, either through brute force or fragile alliances.SUPERNATURAL FANTASY STORY [1250 words]
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BESERK!

Seven assorted short stories about the supernatural, the unexplored, horror, action, and, romance. They are entertaining with startling twists and turns.And you thought your boss was cold! At the age of 24, Deidre finds herself unemployed with few job skills and a growing pile of overdue bills. When a perky career counselor suggests an open housekeeping position, Deidre knows this could be her only chance for a decent job.She doesn't bother asking many questions...like what the career counselor meant when she said the employer had certain "peculiarities".Deidre is in for a very unpleasant surprise. Not only is her prospective boss a vampire, but he's also cranky, adamantly prefers the telegraph over the telephone and gets dangerous when his prune juice isn't delivered on time. Oh, and he also has a strong fondness for another kind of liquid refreshment, one that he prefers warm and fresh.In this hilarious and satirical short story (approx. 4,300 words), author J. Bennett takes on the wildly popular vampire mythology and gives it a certain grizzled spin. As Deidre will discover, not all vampires are eternally-young , virile romantics who effortlessly keep up with the times. Some of them delight in wearing bow-ties, continue to enthusiastically vote for Eisenhower in each election, and consider the television to be witch magic.Can Deidre make it as a vampire's housekeeper? To find out, she'll first have to survive the job interview!
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Winner Takes All

Robert Lewiston has fled the country. After executing the largest Ponzi scheme in history, he escaped to Rio, where he's living the high life on billions in stolen funds. John Henderson is an ex-employee of Lewiston's who is assisting the FBI’s investigation. When John discovers a clue to Lewiston's whereabouts, he faces a crucial decision that could lead to dangerous consequences.Robert Lewiston has fled the country. After executing the largest Ponzi scheme in history, he changed his name, had plastic surgery, and escaped to Rio de Janeiro, where he's living the high life on billions in stolen funds.John Henderson was an employee of Lewiston's now defunct hedge fund and is helping the FBI track down his former boss. John is devastated because his parents invested their life savings with Lewiston and lost everything - including their house. When John discovers information that could lead to Lewiston's whereabouts, he is faced with a critical moral dilemma: share his findings with the FBI in hopes of eventually recovering some of his parents lost funds or risk a daring move that could make his parents whole.
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The Switch – A Short Story

Michael came from old money, but when he married Rita, his parents disapproved and cut him off from the family wealth. With his beautiful wife and their three children, Michael never regrets what he lost -- until Rita is diagnosed with breast cancer and he doesn’t have health insurance. Michael hatches a desperate plan to fund Rita’s life-saving treatments and exact revenge against his family.Michael came from old money, but when he married Rita, his parents disapproved and cut him off from the family wealth. With his beautiful wife and their three children, Michael never regrets what he lost -- until Rita is diagnosed with breast cancer and he doesn’t have the health insurance to cover her care. Michael hatches a desperate plan to fund Rita’s life-saving treatments and exact revenge against his family.
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Breaking the Cycle

Kate Bynum is a patrol cop working the graveyard shift. She has seen more than her share of domestic violence calls. Often, these besieged women are unable to find a way to stop the torment themselves. When she meets a young woman who is trapped in an abusive marriage by her politically connected husband, Kate must find a way to help the woman escape and break the vicious cycle of abuse.Kate Bynum is a patrol cop working the graveyard shift. She has seen more than her share of domestic violence calls. More often than not, these besieged women are unable to find a way to stop the relentless torment on their own. On one of these calls, she meets a young woman who is trapped in an abusive marriage by her politically connected and powerful husband. Not only is the wife in jeopardy, Kate is aware that the husband has the means to put an end to Kate's police career. Even with the risk of losing the job she loves, Kate knows she must find a way to help the woman escape her husband and break the vicious cycle of abuse.
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What is a Rune

In these nine remarkable essays, Collin Cleary expands upon the ideas of his path-breaking book Summoning the Gods and ventures into entirely new territory:“What is a Rune?” explores the nature of mytho-poetic thought and the problem of recovering the mysteries of runa.“The Fourfold” uses Martin Heidegger’s phenomenology of “dwelling” as a means of approaching our ancestors’ way of being in the world.“The Ninefold” offers a philosophical interpretation of the nine worlds of Germanic myth.“The Gifts of Odin and his Brothers” unveils the inner meaning of the account of human origins found in the Eddas.“The Stones Cry Out” advances the revolutionary thesis that “openness to Being” explains the sudden appearance of art in Europe 40,000 years ago.Cleary’s controversial essay “Ásatrú and the Political” argues that Ásatrú is inseparable from White Nationalism.“Are We Free?” skewers the false conception of freedom to which Westerners are in thrall.“Heidegger: An Introduction for Anti-Modernists” offers readers the best English-language introduction to the most important philosopher of the last century.“The Prisoner and Ibsen’s Brand” is a sequel to Cleary’s popular essay on The Prisoner from Summoning the Gods, exploring this enigmatic television series in the light of Henrik Ibsen’s classic play about implacable moralism.ContentsIntroduction by Greg Johnson: The Philosophy of Collin ClearyAuthor’s Preface1. What is a Rune?2. The Fourfold3. The Ninefold4. The Gifts of Odin & His Brothers5. The Stones Cry Out: Cave Art & the Originof the Human Spirit6. Ásatrú & the Political7. Are We Free?8. Heidegger: An Introduction for Anti-Modernists9. “All or Nothing”: The Prisoner & Ibsen’s BrandPraise for Collin Cleary“The writings of Collin Cleary are an excellent example of the way in which old European paganism continues to question our contemporaries in a thought-provoking way. Written with elegance, his work abounds in original points of view.”—Alain de Benoist, author of On Being a Pagan“In What is a Rune? and Other Essays, Collin Cleary delves headlong into the world of Mystery in a way that brings clarity and light. An inspired mind linked to the vehicle of rational thought and profound memory for the mythic past leads the reader to deep insight. Cleary has done his homework on all levels, and with this book gives us a port of entry into a fascinating world of ideas.”—Edred Thorsson, author of Runelore “With his second book, What is a Rune?, Collin Cleary makes another powerful contribution to the intellectual foundations of modern Heathenry. Cleary approaches a wide range of topics, from the theological to the political, through his well-developed and cogently argued Heideggerian brand of Radical Traditionalism. Given the depth of Cleary’s penetrating analysis of so many topics relevant to modern Heathenry, What is a Rune? belongs in the library of every thinking Heathen.”—Christopher Plaisance, editor of The Journal of Contemporary Heathen ThoughtCollin Cleary, Ph.D. is an independent scholar living in Sandpoint, Idaho. He is the author of Summoning the Gods: Essays on Paganism in a God-Forsaken World (San Francisco: Counter-Currents, 2011). Cleary is one of the founders of TYR: Myth-Culture-Tradition, the first volume of which he co-edited. His essays have appeared in TYR, Rûna, and at Counter-Currents/North American New Right. A Master in the Rune-Gild, his work has been translated into Czech, Danish, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish.
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Broken Man

Who is this man in seat seven? Amanda enjoyed his smile, pleasant and wellframed against the backdrop of his ruggedly tanned face and close cropped dark hairflecked with gray. But at the same time, Amanda sensed a certain sadness beneath thepleasant exterior, as if this strong, durable looking man had been hurt, damaged, orbroken in the past. This man is different, Amanda thought to herself and was surprisedat the immediate attraction she felt for a stranger. It wasn't just physical attraction,the kind that many people mistake for love and then proceed to ruin their livesaccordingly. No, this was more than that. Maybe it was because of the holiday or perhapsit was due to her loneliness, but Amanda had the feeling that this man was meant to sitat her table tonight, that some unique circumstances had conspired to bring themtogether. Could it be love at first sight? Could it be destiny? Could he possibly befeeling the same thing?
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Overlapping Lives

A book of short stories, Overlapping Lives follows the lives of fictional characters and events from the 1960s to the present day. Throughout the stories, the characters and events overlap and the narrative point of view frequently changes, adding a different perspective to each plot. Andrew gives readers an insight into the world of murder, imprisonment and cruelty, but also introduces themes of kindness, love, sexuality, intimacy, forgiveness and acceptance to various stories. Loosely based on Andrew's own encounters over many years, readers will be able to relate to some events thatAndrew explores. Throughout the stories, characters indulge in various kinds of idiosyncratic behaviour, providing exciting plots designed to intrigue readers, one of which includes 'Julie's Story', which follows the life of protagonist Julie, as she's arrested for cold-blooded murder. Showing no signs of regret for her crime, readers learn to understand the reasons for her actions as Andrew explores...
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