Tag Archives: Speculative Fiction

The Heavenly Encounter

Jenny joined her grandfather on the bench beside the gravestone. “Here’s your lunch, Grandpa,” she said. “Thanks!” He accepted the sandwich. “I’m famished.” “You know, Grandpa. Ghosts don’t get hungry.” Grandpa patted her knee condescendingly. “You’re sweet, pumpkin.” She left … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Low-Tech

Earth was invaded by aliens in 1877. No one knows because a Kansas farmer single-handedly stopped it. Horace MacCauley was a former gunfighter. He gave up killing because growing potatoes wasn’t nearly as stressful. He liked to stay sharp though. … Continue reading

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Dangerous Taunting

Two Kodiak bears sat in their zoo enclosure. It was beautifully built to look natural. Unfortunately, the efforts of the zoo to make the bears comfortable were spoiled by some teen-aged boys, who hurled pine cones at the bears. “I … Continue reading

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The Hardboiled Buy

She was sleek and slender when I found her. A high performance philly that liked things fast with a touch of danger. This was no regular guy’s bicycle. I said, “I see a shadow, but no bike.” “Yeah, pal,” drawled … Continue reading

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The Power of the Bill

The creature claimed a solitary tree and an acre of scorched, lifeless land. Locals called it the Demon of Harrow Hill. Some said it had lived there, defeating heroes, for centuries. Cohen Monoghan, the famed killer of hellish beasts, fared … Continue reading

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The Visions

Bradley started the day as a foreman overseeing the demolition of the old church on Robard Ave. Now he sat in a psychologist’s office, his job on the line. At least he was spared the indignity of the couch. “So … Continue reading

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The Dumb Calf

Jackson glared at the calf in the barnyard. The cerebral development hormones he’d given him failed to take hold, obviously. “Dang calf ain’t no smarter than his momma,” he grumped. “What’s he done now?” asked farmhand Watters. “Found ‘im with … Continue reading

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