Friday, June 14, 2013

I Have No Mouth and Must Scream For Free Fiction!

     Tons of good free audio today, including horror at Pseudopod, Dunesteef, and Tales to Terrify, as well as two more Lewis Carroll related stories.  There's text fiction by Cory Doctorow, a new issue of Silver Blade, flash fiction, E-books, comics, and more. As always, be sure to check out these other sources of free fiction links SF Signal, Free SF Reader, Free Speculative Fiction Online, BestScienceFictionStories.com, Variety SF, and SFFaudio.

[Art from "Monster, Monster in the Grave!" in comics below]

Fiction
• At Boing Boing: "By His Things Will You Know Him” by Cory Doctorow. Science Fiction [via SF Signal]
     "I thought that Mr. Purnell was a little young to be a funeral director, but he had the look down cold. In the instant between his warm, dry handshake and my taking my hand back to remove my winter hat and stuff it into my pocket, he assumed the look, a kind of concerned, knowing sympathy that suggested he’d weathered plenty of grief in his day and he was there to help you get through your own"

• At Daily Science Fiction: "The Ships That Stir Upon The Shore" by Rahul Kanakia.
     "The refugees drove west in a creaking convoy. Most of the cars were almost out of fuel. Many were on the verge of breaking down. The shoulders of the highway were littered with stopped and wrecked cars."

• Now Posted Silver Blade #18:
• "Kuiper Court" by S.E. Sever.
     “Welcome to the United Worlds Judicature. Kuiper Courts of Health are administered and regulated by the Solarian laws of the Ministry of Health and Longevity. Please note that all our sessions are recorded and may be accessed by the allocated attorneys in your trial.”
• "In Excelsis" by Christopher Burt.
     "It has become clear that there is a significant problem with communication equipment; however I have been unsuccessful thus far in identifying the source of the problem.  I am unable to verify the reception of any signal from anywhere on the surface, although I am able to confirm the successful reception and decoding of extra-solar signals when the array is reoriented."
• "Deep in the Woods" by Joseph Sale.
     "The fire hardly glimmered. It cast only the faintest illumination now. The evening was late, very late, but Roland and Jethro would stay up into the deepest hours. Neither would be able to sleep if they both lay down, and neither would be able to stay awake if they took it in turns to watch, and so they both remained up: glazy eyed, half conscious, but ready."
• "Customer Support" by Adam Gaylord.
      "By society’s standards, the couple sitting across from me is perfect. Gracefully crossing her long legs, Mrs. Garner is a picture of generous curves and blond hair, her exactly symmetrical brow implants accentuating her sparkling purple eyes. Mr. Garner’s just as impressive, all muscle and jaw, subdermals accentuating his broad shoulders"
Flash Fiction
• At 365 Tomorrows: "The Bar" by Bob Newbell. Science Fiction.
•At Silver Blade: (Poems and Flash Fiction)
E-Books
At Free eBooks Daily:
At Smashwords:
Audio Fiction
• At The Classic Tales Podcast: "Through the Looking Glass, Part 1 of 5" by Lewis Carroll
      "Alice sees the other side of the Looking Glass, and enters another world of enchantment. It is filled with argumentative chessmen, Jabberwocky monsters, and insolent flowers."

• At Decoder Ring Theater: "The Island Lost To Time
      "Circus performer Daniel Crogan and Captain Yatri of the tramp steamer Marietta find themselves on an island rumored to be home of giant, man-eating reptiles. Can they escape from The Island Lost To Time?"

• At Dunesteef: "Unholy Womb" by Steven E. Wedel. Horror.
     "A boy picks up a couple of pumpkins in preparation for Halloween, only to find out they are part of a bizarre and deadly Halloween trick."

• At LibriVox: The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame. Children's Fantasy.
     "The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing." 

• At LibriVox: The Purple Cloud by Matthew Phipps Shiel. Apocalyptic.
     "Well, the memory seems to be getting rather impaired now, rather weak. What, for instance, was the name of that parson who preached, just before the Boreal set out, about the wickedness of any further attempt to reach the North Pole? I have forgotten! Yet four years ago it was familiar to me as my own name."

• At Pseudopod: "Beware The Jabberwock, My Son" by Dixon Chance. Horror.
     "The sound (whiffle) came again, and this time it definitely came from the mirror. Definitely. He could imagine its long, snaky neck pouring out of the mirror frame, those two pale unblinking eyes peering around his bedroom as it flew"

• At Tales to Terrify: "The Lucky Ones" by Anne Michaud. Horror.
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