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A Night Out at a Nice Place

by on Jan 9, 2018 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

2,900 Words There was a peculiar kind of sadism, or was it masochism, involved in downlowing into a limbsuit and going out among the slowfolk. We’d get an especial chuckle when we’d strike up a conversation with a humanity or other and the whole gaggle of them would be obsessed with...

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The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft

by and on Nov 21, 2017 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

5,500 Words I drove a brand-new rental car I couldn’t afford—next year’s model, so in a way it was a car from the future—from the Amherst Amtrak stop and into the Vermont countryside, which was just as picturesque as all the calendar photos had led me to expect. The green mountains...

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On the Occasion of My Retirement

by on Feb 22, 2016 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

Thank you all—faculty and students, deans and provosts, Ms. President and our board, community members and honored guests for coming today. I suppose I’ll begin with a few prefatory remarks about the recent events in my life. My appearance here, and my mode of dress, and even my manner...

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The Phylactery

by on Dec 15, 2015 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

2700 Words Tony had no idea how to explain it, so decided that he wouldn’t even try. Instead, he squeezed his palm around the filakto and loitered in the doorway to the bedroom as Cheryl changed the baby. As she bent down to goo-goo at him, Tony sidled over to the crib and under the...

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by on Aug 15, 2010 in Short Fiction | 0 comments

By Nick Mamatas She wasn’t my grandma, but grandpa junior’s eighteenth or nineteenth wife, and I couldn’t help her. “Your computer belongs to the Internet now, Grandma,” I said, as I removed my hands from the seething slit of rotting sweetmeats and quivering nerves she kept on what used...

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