Another child has disappeared in 1980s West Topeka, but this is only part of the strange events that Jason attributes to his very own “West Topeka Triangle,” an area of oddities and disappearances he equates with the more famous Bermuda Triangle. Jason struggles to make sense of the mysterious happenings and finds himself with an unlikely ally in the process.
The first in the Dungeonspace sequence of stories, “Cavern” is the story of a young man struggling with the legacy of his dead brother, a great dungeonspace crawler lost to one of the most deadly dungeon anomalies the City has ever seen–The Black Hole. His mother will kill him if he takes up d-space adventuring–she […]
A near-future story about a Kansas City food truck scene set against the backdrop of a global climate change crisis. In the Circus, anything goes, and damn the FDA. Food that mixes pleasure and pain, illegal cloned meats, and stranger dining experiences can be had, if you know the right people.
In the Age of Dreaming, after the Great Ices melted, but before man mastered working iron, the powerful dreams of banished elder gods sweep the lands like a plagues. Garen the Undreaming is immune to god dreams because he cannot sleep. This unique talent earns him special work that only he can do, if […]
The silhouette of a centaur beckoned towards the gathering crowd from within the rabbit hole. In a melodious voice, she called out, “Richard! Come quickly. Without your aid, the Inkies destroy everything that is beautiful and good in our world!” A middle-aged man in a gray business suit laughed and ran forward, the crowd begrudgingly […]
A story of near-future lefitist politics, protest movements, drones, and right-wing genetic engineering designed to end it all. When protest organizer Mara’s ex-boyfriend brutally murders his roommate, Mara is called home from college to investigate. And when fellow protesters drop out of the movement one by one, she begins to suspect a conspiracy. We […]
This story came to me wholly formed in a dream one day. I wrote it in a white hot tear, desperate to capture all the details and emotions that had seemed so immediate in the dream. It’s about how our pets live such short lives compared to us. It’s about what happens when someone tries […]
The story is about our desire to explore space. It’s about love. It’s about failure. You know, human stuff. Thom met Lilian under a Nebraska sky, stars shining through the fabric of space so intensely that he sometimes mistook them for the falling whales, burning brightly. He tended to stargaze; it was the frustrated astronomer […]
I’ve been obsessed with the idea of the human soul for as long as I can remember; the idea of some crucial essence that makes us, us. In this fantastical setting, human souls are rare, and people can fill the hole where a soul should be with the soul of an animal. Human souls become […]
This is the third of the stories set in the Magic P1r4cy setting, where teens pirate magic online and run them as “spell programs” on computers and phones. It’s fun to read these stories and see how they evolved as smartphones became a thing. The clock on the radio of your rusting 1992 Toyota Tercel […]