Article Category Archives: Fiction

  1. Shamrock Part 8 – Illusion

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2016 Josh Brown 1,347 total views, 4 views today

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  2. Bedroom Community

    I can’t hear most things anymore, but the thwunk of the bowstring is near enough to my ear to register. It has become as pleasing a sound as I can ever remember hearing. Ever, that is, since the world changed. But another sound follows, loud enough that it screeches like burning rubber against my eardrum. […]

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  3. Phase II

    Folks up on Wheeler Mountain had their fair share of weird that winter. Bo Gifford claimed his prize heifer gave birth to a calf with two asses and Danny said there were a lot more shooting stars than normal. But I think things really started going downhill when my Ford pickup ate Richard Petty. Little […]

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  4. Murmuration

    Clara stepped back from the floor-to-ceiling window, her breath tightening in her chest. On the mulch below the sill lay the crooked figure of a bluebird, its claws curled tight against its breast. Two downy feathers stuck to the glass, nearly transparent in the sunshine. The backs of Clara’s knees bumped into the edge of […]

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  5. Standard Deviant

    Ashley crouched behind the Audi, watching her boyfriend through the plate glass window of the Denny’s restaurant. The red and yellow neon sign above punctured the darkness. Pancakes. Coffee. And, visible in the window below: her sweet, sweet Brut. He was sprawled sideways in the booth, leaning back against the window, plaid Hurley cap tilted, […]

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  6. No Gods but Men

    The village celebrated the dying of the light. Drunken revelers lined Red Stick’s single dirt road, tribal boundaries eddied by the foot stamping skirl of whistle and hand drum. Despite the jovial mood, I knew better than to brave the red-gold light of the setting sun. The sight of me would remind them of what […]

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  7. My Mother After Life

    After my mother died, she came into the house every night and cleaned. I could hear the water running and pans settling into the dish rack. I wanted to yell down for her to rest in peace or something, but I knew she would not hear me. So I tried to clean every inch of […]

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  8. Pealing Skin

    Beryl, smiled at the postman and placed her next door neighbor’s parcel on the floor. At home all day, she often took in packages for those who were out at work. Before closing the door, she glanced across the corridor. Edith hadn’t taken in her newspaper yet. If it was still there at tea-time she […]

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  9. O!

    “A soul?” The shopkeeper was a small, wiry man, with eyes the color of warm caramel. “I’m afraid not, ma’am. Not really in our line, you see.” He glanced at something under the counter before him, and called to the back room, “Rion, could you come out for a moment?” “Your sign says ‘Sundries’,” said […]

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  10. The Stubbornness of Wizards

    We wizards are a stubborn lot, but it is from our stubbornness that we draw our power. To demonstrate what I mean, I shall relate the story of a young wizard-in-training. Now then. I awoke one spring morning to a knock at my cottage door. I was not yet in a mood to get up, […]

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  11. TOP SECRET: The Union Station Hypersphere Incident

    Commander Bowman: I have confirmed that five of our operatives sacrificed their lives to acquire this document. Four were summarily shot upon capture; the last delivered this document to the drop point and swallowed her standard-issue cyanide capsule as the Special Forces converged. But after reading this document—just a summary of the official report given […]

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  12. Shamrock #7 – Shadows

    Written by Josh Brown, art by Alberto Hernandez © 2016 Josh Brown 1,103 total views, 1 views today

    1,103 total views, 1 views today

  13. Skies of Sand and Steel

    The floating Chrome City is always hot, but today it was scorching. Wrapped in roasting heat, the sun cooked the bleached boardwalk to a crisp. Giant hydraulic fans mounted to cafés, restaurants, and shops spun frantically to fight off the ceaseless heatwave, drawing customers with the promise of ice-cold drinks. I strolled over to the […]

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  14. Boo Daddy’s

    Clyde regretted not buying a ticket to ride approximately three seconds before the conductor tossed him off the locomotive and into a stand of prickly pears. His intestines knocked up inside his ears. His nether bits prickled with cactus needles. And a decidedly slimy object, smelling like viscera with a strong dollop of ipecac syrup, […]

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  15. “Beyond the Turning Orrery”

    “Know this, if there is one lesson to take from me. Know that sin is worse than the unwinding.” I remember Maestro Iron Bars ending each lesson with those words. As boys, in the safety of our dorm we would mock him: “Remember. Remember,” we would say in onerous voices. But he was wise. I […]

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  16. “What Was Meant to Be Buried”

    I dreamed of dismantling him. He wasn’t the first. I dreamed of dismantling others, too, before and after. But mostly him, for what he did to me when I was small and we were meant to be gorging on chocolate milk and graham crackers while we waited the half hour for my mother to get […]

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  17. “Apprentice”

    Master Jepthe, adept of a thousand gestures, kicked his apprentice in the back. “The movements must be exact,” he thundered. “Unless the spell’s cadence and enunciation are perfect, you will be a fool waving his arms and speaking gibberish. Your body must know even when your mind does not. Do it again.” Wedge gritted his […]

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  18. “My So-Called Life in Reruns”

    I was on the couch watching Star Trek. It was the original pilot episode with Captain Pike getting trapped on a planet called Talos IV. I’d seen it so many times it no longer felt like watching television; it felt like remembering. And like all the reruns they allowed me to watch, the episode comforted […]

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  19. “The Memory of Huckleberries”

    Old Woman sits outside a cedar plank house watching the ghosts of her nephews dig out the center of a new war canoe. It sits near the high tide line, balanced in the damp sand. The sun hangs low on the horizon, its soft light shimmering through their transparent bodies. She leans back, her fingers […]

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  20. Prosperity’s Shadow

    Vicar equated stepping into the Questioner’s Hall to setting foot in the waters of the Riverdun on a hot summer day. It might look tranquil during the approach, but when the undercurrents got ahold of you, they’d never let go. Still, the city outside was burning, and someone had to answer. He’d been here before. […]

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