The Bulldog Ant is Not a Team Player by Dan Stout

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Whoever said that there’s honor among thieves must have worked alone.

Scientists both cruel and curious have demonstrated that a Bulldog Ant cut in two will continue to lash out at anything nearby, including itself, the heads and bodies biting and stinging their missing halves until either death or their nest mates claim them. The crew that hit Wayne Jewellers was like that—solid planning, flawless execution, but three days in a cabin and they were at each other’s throats.

Take, for example, the way Kit Rosland drowned Teddy Wilson in the toilet. Teddy had saved their lives, darting the getaway car down side streets and arranging for the second vehicle they swapped into.… Read the rest

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The Basement by MJ Gardner

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A girl needs to do what she can to stay safe.

So if I tell it to you all over again can I get out of this dress? Why do I have to tell it to you? They wrote it all down. But I suppose you’re a shrink and you just want to get inside my head. Well, come on in, if you want to. Only it ain’t pretty.

All right. I’ll try to tell you everything, so you won’t have to ask me any questions. I’m tired of all these questions. Let me start at the beginning, which was when I was born a Miller, I guess.… Read the rest

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The Chunk by Michael McGlade

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Even when you’re just passing through, sometimes you can’t help but notice when something’s wrong.

The weekend after Halloween is when they have the annual Punkin Chunkin championship in Delaware, which is where a bunch of backyard engineers compete to turn pumpkins into projectiles. Folks wear hollowed-out pumpkins as war helmets and vendors pass out pumpkins in an open competition for you to catapult as far as possible by any and all mechanical means available in a regulated and officially governed event. These folks take decorative gourd season to a whole new level.… Read the rest

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Plan B Omnibus paperback now available from Amazon

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All 52 stories from the Plan B anthologies collected in this handsome 540 page anthology. Just $24.99 from Amazon and coming soon to your favourite online bookseller.

Featuring stories by:

  • Patti Abbott
  • Ed Ahern
  • Nick Andreychuk
  • Tom Barlow
  • Aislinn Batstone
  • Doug Black
  • Craig Faustus Buck
  • Frank Byrns
  • Gary Cahill
  • Sally Carpenter
  • Sarah M. Chen
  • Ian Creasey
  • Peter DiChellis
  • Jim Downer
  • Kevin R. Doyle
  • John H. Dromey
  • MJ Gardner
  • Robert Guffey
  • Michael Haynes
  • Martin Roy Hill
  • Adam Howe
  • Ahmed A. Khan
  • BV Lawson
  • Mary Ann B. Lee
  • Laird Long
  • Josh MacLeod
  • S.R. Mastrantone
  • Michael McGlade
  • Tekla Dennison Miller
  • Mike Miner
  • Kou K.
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Death by Fiction by J. M. Vogel

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There’s a blurred line between truth and fiction that you don’t want to cross.

Alexander sat at his desk, his fingers pounding away on the keyboard. After days of trying to figure out this one particular passage of his novel, he finally knew how he wanted to end it. The theme to “The Twilight Zone” trilled from his left, startling him and effectively ending his momentum on the story.

“Dammit,” he cursed, shoving papers around the desk in his search for his cell. He snatched it and clumsily hit talk just as the phone finished its final pre-voicemail ring.… Read the rest

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