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The Dark Birds

by on Jan 9, 2017 in Short Fiction | 8 comments

7,600 words My mother had daughters year after year, and one by one, my father devoured us. There were only three names allowed in the family, and only three children. There was the oldest, who was always Ruth, and the middle child, who was always Susan. The youngest was “the baby” or...

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by on Jan 25, 2016 in Short Fiction | 11 comments

5,800 Words Author’s Note: The story of Rawhead and Bloody Bones originated in Europe but migrated to the American South and underwent a local transformation. The definitive folklore version is likely S. E. Schlosser’s and is very much worth reading on its own.   There was a witch who...

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The Tomato Thief

by on Jan 5, 2016 in Short Fiction | 20 comments

14,000 Words 2017 Hugo Award Winner — Best Novelette WSFA Small Press Award-winner Grandma Harken lived on the edge of town, in a house with its back to the desert. Some people said that she lived out there because she liked her privacy, and some said that it was because she did black...

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Short Fiction Appreciation by Ursula Vernon

by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

There’s a phenomenon well known to artists where the people who paint the weirdest, darkest, most demon-riddled work frequently tend to be absolutely lovely, mild-mannered individuals with gentle senses of humor. When artists get together and laugh about this phenomenon, someone always...

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Novelette Excerpt — “The Tomato Thief”

by on Nov 9, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

She dragged the chair out on the porch and sat down on it, sitting bolt upright. She had a cup of tea in one hand — herbal, because she didn’t need to spend another night like the last one. And she waited. She dozed off once or twice, but as soon as she slumped backwards, the forks and...

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