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Haven, Kansas (Novel Excerpt)

by on Oct 17, 2017 in Short Fiction | 1 comment

Grab your copy today! 1 A found knife is bad luck; never pick it up. ERIN The tingling burn spread out from the center of Erin’s chest like slow lightning, so paralytic at first that she worried her body would forget how to breathe. But her body was breathing. Was moving. It just wasn’t...

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Short Fiction Appreciation by Alethea Kontis

by on Nov 2, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

My senior year of high school, I made a very important decision: not to take AP English. None of my parents, teachers, or classmates seemed to understand this, but to me it made perfect sense. Every single one of my classes senior year was AP. Why would I try to exempt out of the easiest...

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Blood from Stone

by on Dec 4, 2012 in 2012 Story of the Year, Short Fiction | 1 comment

2012 Apex Magazine Readers Award Winner 5,000 Words He had no idea that I loved him. He barely acknowledged that I existed, a maid twice over, little more than a shadow in empty hallways. Trapped in unhappy marriage and prisoner in his own castle, he did not conceive that anyone loving...

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A Poor Man’s Roses

by on Oct 5, 2009 in Short Fiction | 2 comments

By Alethea Kontis At first, she sang to remember. It was a way to pass the long, dark time, a way to drown out the buzz in her head when the earth shook and the bunker rattled, a way to live outside the bars of her cage, to be a woman who smoked and drank, flirted and pined, flipped her...

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