Patrol Officer Smits

“When the pictures are posted, Patrol Officer Smits will be celebrated a hero,” yet still, even as the mayor says those words, she knows they are mostly fantasy. The photographer wants too much, and when he gets tired of waiting, he’ll just release them for the clicks anyway. Patrol Officer Smits was no more heroContinue reading “Patrol Officer Smits”

Angular Slave

I’ll likely never know what it takes to stand naked in the chillier days of March, under a star-strewn sky, pulling a God through a Euclidean plane. I’ll never know what she felt, working magic she was born to work. But I do know a slave never forgives its master, and neither will I forgiveContinue reading “Angular Slave”


Shit, death is painless. Here among nothing pointed to the cliche of an afterlife, a bright light. He smells nothing. He feels nothing. But he knows he is and that is enough to give him confidence as images from his life begin to bombard him. Birth, bloody mess that was, mother- white with exhaustion andContinue reading “Repercussions”

Pieces of a Dragon

Leon falls through the flame weakened floor. It’s completely his fault. He wasn’t paying attention, which, unfortunately, as an investigator for the FDNY, is his job. Paying attention and seeing minute details mitigates danger. It’s why he makes big-boy money and gets to think maybe this is his last year in New Suck City. ThereContinue reading “Pieces of a Dragon”

Divorced by a Vortal

They fight. They fight because she’s a bitch and he’s a “weak piece of shit with penis envy.” In the light streaming from the dashboard, Gordo’s Face looks purple, and the little squiggly green vein in the center of his forehead pulses. Martha hopes, God, Martha wishes, it would fucking explode. She pictures blood drippingContinue reading “Divorced by a Vortal”

Mirage: Speculating on Speculative fiction #17 Hugh Howie with E Rachael Hardcastle

E Rachael Hardcastle joins me to discuss Hugh C. Howey an indie American writer, known best for the science fiction series Silo. *** Noah Finn and the Art of Suicide is scheduled for released on December 2nd, 2017 Noah Finn is about to commit suicide. He’s standing on the roof of the World Trade Center’sContinue reading “Mirage: Speculating on Speculative fiction #17 Hugh Howie with E Rachael Hardcastle”

#52 Bob Beers

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for updates on other shows like Mirage: Speculating on Speculative Fiction and my vlog: Old Walks Dog Subscribe on itunes Subscribe on stitcher Robert Lee Beers is not on Twitter or Facebook. It doesn’t agree with him. What he does is write fantasy noir detective fiction set in San FranciscoContinue reading “#52 Bob Beers”

Mirage: #8 Mary Shelley W/ Varla Ventura

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for updates on my other show Origin: Stories on Creativity.   Subscribe on Stitcher Subscribe on Itunes   On this episode of Mirage Varla Ventura and I discuss Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley an English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, best known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein:Continue reading “Mirage: #8 Mary Shelley W/ Varla Ventura”

#5 Edgar Rice Burrough W/ Jason Abbott

*** Edgar Rice Burroughs inspired a century of speculative content with his characters and stories. He was the son of a civli war major, became a cowboy, a salesman, and eventually a millionaire pulp fiction writer and war journalist. Join Jason Abbott and myself as we geek out about Burroughs and what he has offeredContinue reading “#5 Edgar Rice Burrough W/ Jason Abbott”

#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: *** Music: That fat rat: fly away Anjulie *** Jason Abbott is a fantasy author and moderator on the reddit sub r/fantasywriters read some jason’s work on hisContinue reading “#3 J.R.R.Tolkien /w Jason Abbott”