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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Why I Love Short Fiction

I’ve always been a voracious reader. When I was a kid, my parents had to ask the local library for a special dispensation for me on the number of books I could check out at a time. We often left with two stuffed bags just for me.

To augment library offerings, we also had subscriptions to Ellery Queen’s and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazines. My mom was the mystery buff in the house, but I’d read anything and started in on those when I was a tween. Pretty soon I was reading my mom’s leftovers as I’d been bitten by the mystery bug.… Read the rest

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Bad John by Adam Howe

What’s not to like about a dog-lover?

Sadie shivered in the falling snow, hands dug deep in the pockets of her mangy leopard print coat, hungrily eyeing the cars curb-crawling the Strip. Music boomed inside the titty bar behind her, the black tinted window quaking to the bass. She’d danced there herself when she first hit the Strip, before she was busted turning tricks between lap dances to feed her habit. Now she was lucky if they let her inside to slam back a shot to wash away the taste of her last john.

An ancient green station wagon tootled up to the curb, the exhaust farting fumes.… Read the rest

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