The Film Maker and the Sceptre, by Robby Charters 2

The Film Maker and the Sceptre, by Robby Charters
Sir Gossabel mounted his steed, then beheld his opponent from across the field. What was going through the mind of that wretch, he could only guess. And what did Princess Gertrude see in him? He didn’t want to think. This duel would settle the matter. At the signal, the opponents goaded their horses, and they ...

‘Killing is What I Do’ by Jonathan Saville 1

‘Killing is What I Do’ by Jonathan Saville
(The following is an excerpt from an, as yet, unpublished novel, ‘When Blood Runs Cold’.) Peace would not come to him. The ache that the Abbot had repeatedly told him would lessen and fade away still stabbed at his heart. Four years! Four years of brutal, gruelling training of both mind and body. Studying the ...

‘The Easy River to Success’ by Mark Lord 2

'The Easy River to Success' by Mark Lord
Before dinner that Tuesday, I sat back in my leather-bound chair and indulged in a few moments of feeling quietly safisfied. Recently I had even felt the beginnings of optimism. After years of cloud and storm, the sun had broken through and I could at last bask in the success that I deserved. After all, ...

'An Alien's Love' by LB Knowles

'An Alien's Love' by LB Knowles
The Jacques Richarde Building shook. Students and teachers alike considered their escape route, but before they had the time to follow it, the shaking stopped. “Was that an earthquake?” Madeline Mullaney asked the attractive blonde next to her. “I think it was an alien landing on the roof,” Maria replied, to the surprise of everyone ...

Website: Weirdyear

Dear Editor: I recently started a new flash fiction site called “Weirdyear Daily Flash Fiction”, and I was wondering if you might be interested in putting a link to it up on your site. Thanks! Earl S. Wynn

Letter to the Editor: Odyssey Writing Workshop online

Odyssey’s online classes are designed for adult writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Each class is focused on a particular element of fiction writing and is designed for writers at a particular skill level, from beginners to professionals. More information (and resources for writers):

'Foetal Distraction' by Monica Carter

'Foetal Distraction' by Monica Carter
Few leave this place alive. Entering through the heavy, green, odd-shaped door, Dr. Charles Dennis shivers. An inclement night: wind tears through the old house, the hospital, where desperate souls bury immorality, illness, fear of the immortal, or they bury themselves.  Tonight something other than death, sickness, and despair saturate the place; something else seems ...

NaNoWriMo Reopens

National Novel Writing Month: Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Details:

‘Brain Break’ by Kris Knapp

'Brain Break' by Kris Knapp
Corrodel stepped through the telepod, fumbling with his mug and briefcase. He tripped, and hot coffee splashed on his white shirt. Jobe swiveled in his hover chair and chortled. “Bravo.” Corrodel sighed and set down his mug and briefcase. Jobe hovered back around. “Thirty seconds late. Old man Lipston’ll have your head.” He sipped a ...

Letter to the Editor: Atomjack e-anthology 'Butterfly Affects'

Dear Editor: Atomjack has just published its first e-anthology, Butterfly Affects*.  The theme is alternate futures, where some changed event in our past (as recently as Gary Hart and the Berlin Wall) has affected our future in drastic and dramatic ways.  I would like to invite your readers to have a look. The anthology begins ...