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Original Fiction: Thief in the Night by Iseult Murphy

The whispers woke Mandrake, warning him that he was not alone. He opened his eyes a slit and peered out. By the light of the quarter moon, he saw a shadowy figure rifling through his backpack. He knew the stretch of road through the forested hills surrounding Marghbarg was home to a band of robbers… Continue reading Original Fiction: Thief in the Night by Iseult Murphy

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Mollusk Madness by Priscilla Bettis

This short story appeared in the spring edition of 34 Orchard magazine. Click here to download a free copy of the issue. Katrina is having a hard time watching her teenage daughter grow up. Luckily she has her garden and her beloved slugs to help her pull through. The thorny blossom of my womb. Katrina,… Continue reading Mollusk Madness by Priscilla Bettis

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Once Upon A Winter

This anthology is made up of 17 fairytales, some original and some retellings, all set during the dark of a cold, snowy winter. Like all anthologies, some stories spoke to me more than others. The first story is The Biting Cold by Josie Jeffrey, an ecological dark fantasy cautionary tale told in second person narration.… Continue reading Once Upon A Winter

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Lucretia’s Hum by Priscilla Bettis

This story was published in Among the Headstones, an anthology of graveyard themed stories edited by Rayne Hall. Lucretia is a lonely young woman who hears the industrial hum, and seeks to escape it each night by sleeping in a graveyard where the bodies are left on the surface to rot and be predated. There’s… Continue reading Lucretia’s Hum by Priscilla Bettis

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New Release: It Could Be Anyone’s Leg edited by A.M Symes

This anthology of flash fiction was written by the members of the Dead Birds writing group, set up by the MFA alumni and alumni adjacent friends of the Augsburg University MFA program in Minnesota. Inspired by one of the authors finding a (nonhuman) leg in their garden, each story is themed around the line ‘it… Continue reading New Release: It Could Be Anyone’s Leg edited by A.M Symes