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    Tawa is a white-hot yellow dot beating the desert with a fury akin to hate. His existence is effort. His every day is another attempt to cook the great desert to a crisp. Maybe today he will succeed. His achievement is waves of heat that bake the valley’s loose grey rock. The desert …

Vertigo

Hot wind blows against Talia's naked back, while strands of stiff twisted hemp bite into her bare desert-hardened feet. The rope sways as if it conspires with her torturers, seeking only a halfway attempt, a humiliating somersault. A header straight to death. The weight of the pole is new to her shoulders and arms. They …

Sacrificial

With a stiff puff from her chapped lips she blows the hair out of her face before answering, "does it matter where the meat comes from?" Her dark brown eyes glisten with sadness, but behind a hard edge. An edge that could cut. An edge, he decides, filled with anger and maybe a bit of …

Legion

A cold grey mist slathers itself across the sky. The air is wet. Wool uniforms are wet. Feet are numb and wet. Skin puckers cold and thin. Fingers overly sensitive, every bramble, every hard tap feels like an injury. There is the smell of burning diesel on the wind and an orange glow on the …

A Marine

  He enlisted in the marines on the ninth of December 1941, two days after Pearl Harbor, while still drunk. His buddy Carl was so blasted the recruiter made him wait a day before joining up saying "This boy's just too primed." Peter McGrew joined the Marines not because they were the best, because they …

Medusa

This tale begins with a war between the God Poseidon and the Goddess Athena. They fought for the land of Athens. A beautiful place on the Myrtoan Sea. Their bloody war was almost endless. They threw their worshipers against each other until the sea was red from blood. They killed off so many people that …

The Amberg

In 1944 the Polish resistance has been crushed. Half a million of Warsaw’s citizens are dead rotting in destroyed building or in plain sight on the street. The survivors of what was once a vibrant cityscape scurry about like vermin in a living nightmare. They look for any way to survive, but know death is …

The Rider

He watches the gulls circle. They have the scent. They screech and caw, and circle and dive plunking at the soft bits, avoiding the scales and the still twitching clawed limbs. They scream with victory when able to take bits of brain or an eye airborne. The crabs will work the soft underneath, maybe come …

Deadwood

It smells like melting tar and burning wood, unwashed men, rotting teeth and freshly turned dirt, old whiskey, sick, piss and shit. Its pungent and raw. The road here was so empty and peaceful, but with the hush of hidden death hiding just below the green leafy canopy of forest and hills. Now death is …

#31 Blair Reeves

Subscribe on itunes: Subscribe on stitcher *** Blair Reeves is a guy who prefers Virginia over Duke. Who has volunteered his time to the people of Cameroon, Africa. Who co-writes a book on the principles of product management and then plans to give 25% present of the proceeds away to help the homeless. This is …

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#30 Assaph Mehr

Subscribe on Itunes Sticher and Google play *** Assaph grew up stumbling over historical relics in Isreal. He now lives in Sydney, Australia avoiding drop bears and the poisonous... everything of the Australian tropics along with his wife Julia, four kids and two cats. By day he is a martial artist, software product manager, bridging …

#3 J.R.R.Tolkien /w Jason Abbott

  On this episode on Mirage: Speculating on Speculative fiction Jason Abbott joins me as we take a look at J.R.R Tolkien's work and life. Tolkien reading: https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/jrr-tolkien-read-from-the-hobbit https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/jrr-tolkien-reads-from-the-lord-of-the-rings *** Music: That fat rat: fly away Anjulie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMg8KaMdDYo *** Jason Abbott is a fantasy author and moderator on the reddit sub r/fantasywriters read some jason's …

#27 J. E. Purrazzi

  Science Fiction Author J. E. Purrazzi lives in Florida with her husband, and two cats, and gallons upon gallons of fish tanks. Her novel Malfunction won the first round of the contest at https://shoreindie.blogspot.com More info on her fiction is available on website: http://www.jillanepurrazzi.com/books/ Follow he on twitter: @J23hawkE  and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JPurrazzi.   *** …

On Critique

The paths we pick in story vary in length, complication and difficulty. Each are all our own. Some may seem easier then others to start and get more complicated as they go on. We may share the ups and down with others, some with people hand picked, often with strangers we would rather not travel …

#26 Simon Fay

  Simon Fay was born in Dublin. He is the author of numerous books and short stories including BULK, a demented tragic comedy of enormous proportions, and People in Season, a prize winning literary novel. He likes whiskey, has been thinking about quitting smoking, went to animation college, works in graphic design, loves Star Trek …

#25 Alex C. McDonald

  Alex hails from Australia and has taught English as a foreign language all around the world before landing with his family in Switzerland. He is a speculative author with two series. The wildly popular sci-fi serial 'Phantom 500' and the YA fantasy series 'Jasimine Evans.' Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexmcdauthor/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8107918.Alex_C_McDonald Twitter: @alexmcdauthor Amazon Author author …