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Short Fiction Appreciation by Rachel Swirsky

by on Nov 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Every year, there’s more great fiction published than gets recognized. This has been a particularly tumultuous year for short fiction published in 2014, and I’d like to mention a few great stories that didn’t appear on the Nebula or Hugo ballots. I reviewed some novellas from 2014 on my...

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All That Fairy Tale Crap

by on Dec 3, 2013 in Short Fiction | 9 comments

I was supposed to go to the ball, but I spent the night licking out my stepsister instead. Bethesda moaned and rustled mulberry silk high up her thighs. “There, there, no, faster, come on, faster, please…” The friendly mice put out their eyes and ran out in trios to join a different...

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Abomination Rises on Filthy Wings

by on Jul 2, 2013 in Short Fiction | 31 comments

[TRIGGER WARNING: Some readers may find this story disturbing] My cock is throbbing so I pull it out. My wife lolls in front of the TV, spread out on the sofa, eyes glazed and mouth open, illuminated by flickering light. Her empty–eyed stare is so vacuous that it looks like she could...

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If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love

by on Mar 5, 2013 in Short Fiction | 103 comments

1,000 Words Nebula Award Winner Hugo Award nominee Listen to the podcast of “If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love”   If you were a dinosaur, my love, then you would be a T-Rex. You’d be a small one, only five feet, ten inches, the same height as human-you. You’d be fragile-boned...

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The Crows and the Witches and the Window

by on Oct 2, 2012 in Poetry | 3 comments

by Rachel Swirsky   I’m probably going to die at midnight.   Don’t worry— I’ll set the timer on the coffee pot before I go.   The crows will be up with me and the witches. I’ll watch them through the window and they’ll watch me back.   I’ll crack the window so I can smell stew simmering...

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