Free Speculative Fiction Online (many stories were added on the 17th).
At Author's Site: "Rapture of the Nerds" by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross. [Via SF Signal]
"This is by no means unusual, but for once Huw’s head hurts more than his
bladder. He’s lying head down, on his back, in a bathtub. He scrabbles
for a handhold and pulls himself upright. A tub is a terrible place to
spend a night."
At Black Gate: "A Phoenix in Darkness - Part 1" by Donald S. Crankshaw. Fantasy.
"Quian’s serf village spilled out of the city’s grim walls like rotten
apples from an overturned basket. The city gate, an iron-bound door
barely wide enough to accommodate a cart, opened up to a snarl of muddy
pathways through the weather-worn hovels."
At Short-Story.Me: "Breath of Lisetta" by Jordan E. Miere. Fantasy.
"Lisetta breathed against her fingers as they clutched the bone handle of
her knife. Her breath enfolded her purplish digits where the
threadbare gloves no longer covered them."
At Short-Story.Me: "The Quarry" by Jack Coey. Horror.
"They walked single file, the sun was beating down, and the men sweated.
One of the hobos stopped and wiped his face with his shirt tail. He’d
been in Vietnam and his life hadn’t gone that well since."
At Short-Story.Me: "Colors" by Catina Noble. Fantasy.
"I feel odd, not like my usual self. Something is different; I cannot put
my finger on it. I think for a few minutes. I look inside myself. I do
not like what I see. I am an empty shell, I just sit here. I occupy
space for others."
At The WiFiles: "Human/Nature" by Mireille Wells. Speculative Fiction.
"The formerly white structure is now veined with greenish brown mold. The
windows are all black squares, decorated with shards of broken glass. I
stand and watch, but nothing moves inside the building. This is all
that remains of the laboratory where I labored to end the world."
At LibriVox: "The Ambulance Made Two Trips" by Murray Leinster. Science Fiction.
"Murray Leinster gives us another wonderful product of 'what if' from his limitless imagination to enjoy in this gem of a story" First published in Astounding Science
Fiction April 1960.
At Radio Drama Revival: "The Statement of Randolph Carter" by HP Lovecraft. Horror.
"Again I say, I do not know what has become of Harley Warren, though I think--almost hope--that he is in peaceful oblivion, if there be anywhere so blessed a thing. It is true that I have for five years been his closest friend, and a partial sharer of his terrible researches into the unknown."
At SFFaudio: "Out Of The Storm" by William Hope Hodgson. Horror.
"It is a little after midday: but the sky is
the color of mud--do you understand?--gray mud! Down from it there
hang vast lappets of clouds. Not such clouds as I have ever before
seen; but monstrous, mildewed-looking hulls. They show solid, save
where the frightful wind tears their lower edges into great feelers
that swirl savagely above us, like the tentacles of some enormous
At Toasted Cake: "The Foreigner" by M. Darusha Wehm.
"I have about an hour before the shareholders' meeting, but I have to stop by the day care first, so I want to make this snappy."
At Daily Science Fiction: "Trophy Wife"
by Samantha Murray.
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