“The Vampire Hunter’s Apprentice VIII”

“Why? You don’t want my help?”

“Stake?”

“Check.”

“Mallet?”

“Check.”

“Crucifix?”

“Check.”

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“A Chilling Discovery”

“I don’t believe these are natural,” he explained. “These appear to be of intelligent origin.”

The mission confirmed the existence of microbial life within a subsurface ocean on Enceladus, but a far more bizarre discovery was made inside an apparently dormant cryovolcano on the distant moon.

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“A Fine Place to Die”

Each man cupped his hands to drink, only noticing skeletons littering the grassy strand between the pond and tree after regaining their senses.

Lost in the desert, two surviving deserters spied an oasis. A single gnarled baobab dominated an island of green and blue in a sea of sand.

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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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