Tag Archives: Urban Fantasy

Unfinished Business

Violet’s husband, George, hated her live-in sister’s parrot, Bobo. Violet hated the animal too, who cursed most vilely. George had sworn an oath to kill it someday. Three years slipped by after George’s untimely death, but since then a falcon … Continue reading

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An Unreported Affect

As I stared at my own reflection in the window, I took pity on him. Of course, he didn’t reflect anything at all. “It must be frustrating,” I said. “Stuck like that.” “You have no idea,” said the cloud of … Continue reading

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The Hard Life

My interview with famed monster killer, Gepard Baptiste, proved quite bizarre. Often, he paused to shoot out the cafe window, killing slobbering beasts with too many mouths, tentacles, and bat wings. “It’s a hard life,” said Baptiste, devouring a spoonful … Continue reading

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The Workaround

Beside the door, a string of garlic hung. An older woman answered the door. “Yes?” “Good evening!” said Bill. “I’m Bill. This is Joseph. Can we interest you in home security?” “It’s nighttime!” “Never too late for security, madame. May … Continue reading

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The True Muse

Brenna found the strange paints in a curio store. She thought it her muse encouraging her to paint a horrific demon. Then the creature stepped out of the canvas. Weeks later, Ankhpethylax demanded she create another minion for it. Exhausted, … Continue reading

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Know Your Eggs

Police warning tape encircled the small park. Detective Prine and Police Sergeant Hadwell looked over the grisly scene. “According to witnesses,” said Hadwell, flipping through his notebook. “Monsieur Penoit was making an exotic omelette for a party.” Prine placed hands … Continue reading

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The Truth About Unicorns

When magic returned to the world in 2042, many things took getting used to. For instance, Hannah rode upon a winged unicorn as she approached the boat dock. Even more, the unicorn talked. “It’s true,” said Rainfly, her unicorn. “No … Continue reading

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Technobabble Versus Technical Description

Continuing on in the Momus News essays, let us consider the differences between technobabble and technical description. I’ve been a technically-minded person for most of my adult life. I’ve made my living developing databases and refining web-based user interfaces. All … Continue reading

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Superstition is a Way

AP reporter Jane Swift said, “Miss Devereaux, you rose from horrendous poverty to running a top 500 fashion company in just a few years. How do you explain that?” “The usual,” said Marie Devereaux. “Hard work. Dedication.” “Now critics are … Continue reading

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Most Unusual Brownies

Efrem inherited rare mystical magic powers from his father, but his true love was cooking. The test to enter the School of Cooking was simple. Make brownies. So, Efrem put every fiber of his being into the food. When he … Continue reading

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