I'll be away from my computer for a few days, so this will be the last "live" post for a time. However, there WILL be posts, including daily "anticipated free fiction."
[Art from "Double or Nothing" in fiction below]
• At Beneath Ceaseless Skies: "Gods of the Lower Case: a new tale of the Antique Lands" by Noreen Doyle. Fantasy.
"When they found it, none of the quint knew for what purpose Carnifex had constructed the apparatus, except that it that seemed certainly intended to house a sysdaimon. Jon was excused this ignorance, as were George and Who-else: they hadn’t lived in Number Eighteen during the heady days of Carnifex’s enrollment at Harbridge University."
• At Beneath Ceaseless Skies: "The Girl Who Welcomed Death to Svalgearyen" by Barbara A. Barnett. Fantasy.
"Adda, having spent most of her thirteen years in the city with her parents, did not know all the ways of Svalgearyen. As such, she saw no reason why Grandma Marit should not die wherever she chose. More to the point, she saw no reason why Grandma Marit should die at all."
• At Daily Science Fiction: "Restorative" by Andy Dudak. Science Fiction.
"The 3877th instance of Fingal Reginald Boyd can't believe what he's hearing. He is the first instance of the Boyd-dissociation to be denied reintegration. The skull of his meat puppet, with its landscape of memory and regret, suddenly seems very small."
• At Enchanted Conversations: "You Know My Name" by Andrea Mullaney.
"My old self is gone, torn in two, ripped up and thrown away; like a betting slip after the horse falls at the fence, like a lottery ticket when too many wrong numbers have rolled down the tube. I gambled my self on a long shot and it failed, that’s all. These things happen."
• At Project Gutenberg: "Double or Nothing" by Jack Sharkey. Science Fiction.
"The mind quails before certain contemplations? The existence of infinity, for instance. Or finity, for that matter. Or 50,000 batches of cornflakes dumped from the sky." - from Fantastic Stories of Imagination May 1962.
- At Every Day Fiction: "Over-Exposed" by Patrick Mahon. Science Fiction.
- At Nature: "Probability-1: termination" by Euan Nisbet. Science Fiction.
- At 365 Tomorrow: "Pink Planet" by Duncan Shields. Science Fiction.
• At The Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs: "Episode 01 - The People That Time Forgot"
"The People That Time Forgot is a direct sequel to The Land That Time Forgot and continues the lost world saga begun in the earlier story. Burroughs continues the revelation of his lost world's unique biological system, only hinted at in the previous installment, in which the slow progress of evolution in the world outside is recapitulated as a matter of individual metamorphosis." - Wikipedia.
• Audio at Forgotten Classics: "The Mouse in the Mountain, chapters 11-13" by Norbert Davis. Noir.