|FROSTFIRE||by James Edward O’Brien|
|COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION||by Calvin Demmer|
|DEVIATIONS||by Anthony Marchese|
|LOST SOULS||by Ben Howels|
|THE RELUCTANT PIRATE||by Tom Howard|
|FINDING PURPOSE||by Daniel Swindlehurst|
|SEASON’S GREETINGS||by Edward Ahern|
|BITTER PILL||by James A. Conan|
|WAKE UP, MR. CHEN||by Kenneth A. Rupp|
|DAMSEL IN DISTRESS||by L.S. Engler|
|CIRCLING THE BRAIN||by Brian Koukol|
FROSTFIRE—James Edward O’Brien|
Mystery, murder, conspiracy and, of course, magic all await you in this intricate tale.
COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION—Calvin Demmer
Humankind is always trying to enhance the world around itself, but does it ever stop and ask if it should?
The problem with time travel is this: if you actually ended up changing something, would you be able to tell?
LOST SOULS—Ben Howels
Humans believe that they are the only species afflicted with drug addiction. They are wrong. Just ask a demon.
THE RELUCTANT PIRATE—Tom Howard
We don’t always choose to live the life we lead, especially when life sets us on a path of intergalactic piracy.
FINDING PURPOSE—Daniel Swindlehurst
The tricky thing about an Artificial Intelligence is that once unleashed, you never know what its endgame will be.
SEASON’S GREETINGS—Edward Ahern
’tis the season to be visited by something strange...
BITTER PILL—James A. Conan
Have you ever considered the medical perils of living on another world?
WAKE UP, MR. CHEN—Kenneth A. Rupp
When it comes to corporate scientific experimentation, there is a point when you stop being an employee and actually become part of the experiment.
DAMSEL IN DISTRESS—L.S. Engler
The most important part of going on an adventurous quest is to make sure that you pay attention to all the details before departing...
CIRCLING THE BRAIN—Brian Koukol
If you think life is difficult, try living it as a disembodied head for a while.
COVER ART: Carol Heyer
Anthony Marchese lives in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
His short story "Orion" won the Whetstone Award for Excellence in Literature. His story "The Genuine Article" appeared in the May 2016 edition of Devolution Z Magazine.
Anthony's flash fiction can be read at alphaverse.blogspot.com
Calvin Demmer is a crime, mystery, and speculative fiction author. He has had over thirty stories published in various magazines and anthologies.
When not writing, he is intrigued by that which goes bump in the night and the sciences of our universe.
Find out more at www.calvindemmer.com
James A. Conan
James A. Conan is a Toronto-based writer. He works as a First Reader at Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, an online magazine of speculative fiction.
His blog, Notes From the Slush Pile, draws on this experience to help other writers publish their work.
Brian Koukol, raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, now makes his home among the salt breezes and open spaces of San Luis Obispo County.
A lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy has informed the majority of his fiction, which is written with the aid of voice recognition software.
Visit his author website: www.briankoukol.com
Ed Ahern resumed writing after forty odd years in foreign intelligence and international sales. He's had a hundred forty stories and poems published so far, and two books.
James Edward O’Brien
James Edward O'Brien lives in Far Rockaway, NY with his wife and three rescue dogs.
His speculative fiction and poetry have appeared in Cyclopean, 87 Bedford, Hybrid Moments: A Literary Tribute to The Misfits, Nerve Cowboy, and Eye to the Telescope.
Ben writes fantasy and horror stories of all shapes and sizes, often throwing in some comedy for good measure.
His short fiction has been published in a number of anthologies and magazines, and he will soon be smacking some agents around the head with his first completed novel.
You can catch him down the gym, or on Twitter at @BenHowels
Kenneth A. Rupp
Kenneth A. Rupp will soon graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in creative writing. He currently writes book reviews for Habitat Literary Magazine.
His work has appeared in Horizons, the literary magazine at Waubonsee Community College, and he published an issue of Horizons as editor-in-chief.
Daniel used to have a sensible job and a sensible life, but he's thrown all that away to become a scientists and a writer.
Find out more http://danielswindlehurst.com and @SwindleApe
Tom Howard is a science fiction and fantasy short story writer living in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He thanks his friends for their inspiration and the Central Arkansas Speculative Fiction Writers' Group for their perspiration.
L.S. Engler writes from outside of Chicago, though she grew up chasing dragons int he woods of Michigan.
She is the editor of the World Unknown Review and author of the Slayer Saga, a nice little trilogy about zombies. Her work has most recently appeared in Ghostlight, Potter's Field 6, the Saturday Evening Post, and NoiseMedium.
Carol Heyer is a full-time illustrator and writer. Heyer worked for a movie production company as production designer and writer of feature films. She has written, illustrated, thirty children’s picture books. To date, over two million of Heyer’s picture books have been sold.
Heyer’s art has appeared on everything from book covers to bookmarks. Among her clients: WOTC, TSR, INC., LLEWELLYN, DISNEY, and BAEN BOOKS.
Awards: Spectrum, Print’s Regional Design Annual, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and The Society of Illustrators LA. Her biography is included in WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA, CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS etc.
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