The Girl in a Swing

by Richard Adams Though I cannot tell why, I know without doubt that I shall never again undergo any supernatural experience. That music has ended, and now there will be silence. Alan Desland, a porcelain and fine china dealer approaching middle age, has accepted his lot and found satisfaction being alone and working towards bettering... Continue Reading →

In Sunlight or In Shadow

by Various Authors, Lawrence Block (Ed.) “He came from Albany, and people who come from there get what they deserve.” -Stephen King, “The Music Room” We’ve all seen Edward Hopper’s art, whether we’ve sought it out or not. There’s a subtly sad, understated despair in much of it. Sometimes it’s the perspective, evoking loneliness from... Continue Reading →

The Circus of Dr. Lao

by Charles G. Finney "The world is my idea," he said. "The world is my idea; as such I present it to you." In a bizarre tale, a circus arrives in the small Arizona town of Abalone. Over the course of a single afternoon the townsfolk witness the arrival of the three wagon circus, the contents... Continue Reading →

Blind Voices

In the age of science there lived a small boy, trapped in the body of an oafish man. The boy read like a wolf howls, like a moon beams, but one day his attention was caught by another interest, as so often happens with small boys. The boy went on an epic quest through film noir,... Continue Reading →

A Mountain Walked

by Various Authors, S.T. Joshi (Ed.) “This prayer must be for you—for you and all the others who must be left behind, who cannot walk with me, up that final flight of wooden stairs, to peace and escape, who must go on living in the shadow of a monstrous evil of which they are not even... Continue Reading →

Small Gods (Discworld #13)

by Terry Pratchett “Just because you can explain it doesn’t mean it’s not still a miracle.” Douglas Adams gave us the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. It is, and always will be, 42. For those of us not capable of grasping this simple, awe-inspiring wisdom, we’re left manufacture other... Continue Reading →

Mort (Discworld #4)

by Terry Pratchett THAT’S MORTALS FOR YOU, Death continued. THEY’VE ONLY GOT A FEW YEARS IN THIS WORLD AND THEY SPEND THEM ALL IN MAKING THINGS COMPLICATED FOR THEMSELVES. Young Mort has been recruited by Death, who realized sooner or later he’s going to want some time off and will need someone to fill in... Continue Reading →

The Averoigne Chronicles

by Clark Ashton Smith “The skies are haunted by that which it were madness to know; and strange abominations pass evermore between earth and moon and athwart the galaxies.” Spanning a period of hundreds of years, these stories predominantly take place in the fictional region of Averoigne, loosely based upon France's real world Auvergne. Populated... Continue Reading →

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