And there's also some terrific text fiction too. Nightmare Magazine has another great free story, and there are flash fiction stories at the usual cool sites. And lastly, Project Gutenberg has two more issues of Futuria Fantastic, Ray Bradbury's classic fanzine. More later today.
[Art for Sintram and his Companions, linked below]
• At Nightmare Magazine: "Summer" by Tananarive Due. Horror.
"During the baby’s nap-time, a housefly buzzed past the new screen somehow, and landed on Danielle’s wrist while she was reading Us Weekly on the back porch. With the Okeepechee swamp so close, mosquitoes and flies take over Graceville in summer. “Well, I’ll be damned,” she said."
• At Project Gutenberg: Futuria Fantastic Winter 1940 and Spring 1940. Science Fiction. Edited by Ray Bradbury.
- At Daily Science Fiction: "The Cries of the Dead and Dying" by Sarah Goslee.
- At Every Day Fiction: "Alternate Ending" by Steve Husk. Science Fiction.
- At 365 Tomorrows: "Damn Kids" by Roi R. Czechvala. Science Fiction.
- At Yesteryear Fiction: "Last Rites" by Gary Hewitt. Fantasy.
• At DrabbleCast: "Little Grace of the House of Death" by Eugie Foster. Fantasy. Horror.
"The niece of King Death had not yet chosen a name. She was the only daughter and youngest child of Death’s sister, Merciful Grace, and everyone still called her by her baby name, Little Grace…"
• At LibriVox: "Sintram and his Companions" by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué. Fantasy.
"a German Romantic writer whose stories were filled with knights, damsels in distress, evil enchantments, and the struggle of good against overpowering evil. 'My strength is as the strength of ten, Because my heart is pure.' Fouque blends the Romantic love for nature and ancient chivalry while telling a powerful story about a young man who yearns for that which he can never attain."
• At PodCastle: "Catching the Spirit" by Heather Shaw and Tim Pratt. Fantasy.
"Pretty much nobody knows how, exactly, the Christmas Spirit started to spread. One theory goes that a child in Meridian Mississippi was bitten by an infected reindeer, and then spread the plague at her school Christmas pageant"
• At SFFaudio: "Plotting For Perfection" by Tim Prasil. Science Fiction.
"A photographer on assignment meets his future love, an astrophysicist, and then is visited by photographs of their future life together."
• At StarShipSofa: "The Boneless One Part 1" by Alec Nevala-Lee. Science Fiction.
As Trip sat up, Ray was already heading for the stateroom door. A graying beard, grown over the past year, had softened Ray’s famously intense features, but his blue eyes remained focused and bright, and they caught Trip’s attention at once. If nothing else, it was the first time he had ever been awakened by a billionaire. “Come on,” Ray said. “You’ll want your notebook and camera.”