Speculative 66: Issues 6, 7, and 8

Nine speculative fiction pieces from Speculative 66!

Speculative 66 is an online magazine featuring works of fiction that are exactly 66 words. I was fortunate enough to have a few pieces appear in this publication beginning in issue six and continuing until issue nineteen. 

I hope that I’ll find the opportunity to submit work in the future because I really enjoy this publication. Several of my friends have also had work accepted. Speculative 66 is publishing issue twenty–one in less than two months.

This post features my accepted submissions for issues six, seven, and eight. You can click on the title of each piece below to read that issue.

Issue Six

Defunct Unions at the Pawn Shop” (page 4) – the lingering anxiety of a failed marriage explored.

Dying to Reach Titania” (page 8) – a failed space voyage allows for brief reflection.

Snowman Bling” (page 13) – a daughter helps her father pull off an impressive heist.

Issue Seven

When Dead Dreams Come Calling” (page 8) – hidden dreams die the hardest.

Interplanetary Planning” (page 13) – a careful rearranging of the solar system in the distant future.

Burying a Bloody Sack in Yellowknife” (page 17) – cannibalism as a means to an end.

Issue Eight

Ancient Alpine Arachnid” (page 10) – nightmare scenario for anyone with arachnophobia.  

Embezzlers Never Win” (page 26) – a crooked coach goes out on his terms.

Lost in Four Dimensions” (page 31) – a displaced time traveler searches for home.

You can find other examples in a later post!

Author: joshuajscully

That’s my picture up there. I’m not totally sure why I look so angry. I may be thinking about how much I hated the Crypt Keeper as a child. I grew up faithfully watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt. Unfortunately, I missed the boat in terms of writing for either of those programs. I do consider both to have been wildly influential when I think back to my earliest thoughts about becoming an author and I’m grateful my parents let me watch those shows as a kid (although there were probably some nights early in my childhood my mother wished she hadn’t let me watch those shows). If you’re familiar with either program, then you know what genres are my focus. I thoroughly enjoy science fiction, suspense, the twist ending, and some horror or supernatural elements as well. Honestly, when I was a kid the Crypt Keeper scared the hell out of me. As an adult, I’ve really learned to embrace the puns. Historical fiction is a favorite of mine as well, and the root of that is shared with my profession. I am an educator by trade, and I teach American History. I consider some of the best writing I’ve ever done to be within the realm of historical fiction and I really enjoy saturating my mind in the research end of those projects. I would make the argument that storytelling is in my blood. Even my sister mulled, very briefly (about 45 minutes), launching a career as a screenwriter! My last name is one of those Irish (and, apparently, formally Manx) ones with a wonderfully researched history -“the story-teller’s descendant”. On of the first day of school each year, I do share that “my name is Mr. Scully, and that rhymes with Kelly”, just so I do not hear the myriad of mispronunciations on the first day. Several years ago, I started a blog similar to this one to highlight my middle years as a teacher. If that aspect of my life is of any interest to you at all, you can still find that blog online. During my summers, I really have time to pursue my writing projects and this blog will highlight some of that work. My first attempts to sit down and write extensively occurred when I was 15, but only a few years ago did I make setting time aside to write a priority. I’ve also benefited wildly over the years from many willing readers among my family and friends. The direction and feedback from those individuals has been invaluable. Outside the world of the written word, I am an educator, basketball coach, lecturer, and (very, very occasionally) a landscaper. I have only ever known Western Pennsylvania as my home. Although I love a good novel, I am absolutely unable to resist the power of the short story. The latter is really what I hope to be remembered for one day.

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