“A Vengeful Crustacean”

The creature struggled free from wet newspaper and slipped out onto the kitchen linoleum.

Dinner guests returned to the refrigerator for alcohol.

The door was left ajar.

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“Rust Belt to the Stars”

Industry of the past becomes a springboard to the future! And the past (technically)! And parallel universes!

“This is a coal-fired time machine?”

“Yep.”

“A coal-fired time machine doesn’t seem especially practical.”

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“That Silly Mr. Dobbs”

The jaded pedagogue was actually a reptilian masquerading as that most destitute of public servants.

Every student knew that Mr. Dobbs hated his job.

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“Hot Air Balloon Ride from Hell”

I wrote this science fiction short story in the autumn of 2016. Radically different from my other work at that time, I had this piece published under the name of a friend. Twisted Sister Lit Mag, an online magazine, was the original publisher. This post consists of a slightly reworked and updated “Hot Air Balloon Ride from Hell”.

I definitely had too much fun writing this one.

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“A Qianzhousaurus in the House”

“I may have just successfully built a time machine,” Owen stammered.

Susan was familiar with the defeated expression that often dominated the face of her husband, Owen, after an evening tinkering in the basement.

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“The Vampire Hunter’s Apprentice VI”

“What do you know about quantum mechanics?”

“Crucifix?”

“Check.”

“Garlic?”

“Check.”

“Stake?”

“Check.”

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12 Word Fiction

My entries into the 12 word fiction contest held by 121 Words during the summer of 2018.

A hot, new craps shooter hid his horns beneath a top hat.

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