Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Many Doors to Free Fiction

The start of what should be a great free fiction day.  With free fiction from Nightmare and Tor, the first non-insect issue for The Journal of Unlikely . . . (hat tip to John DeNardo for beating by several hours on that one), several flash fiction stories (including the very welcome return of Yesteryear Fiction), audio fiction, and other genres ( Mediæval London looks quite interesting).  Much more to come with at least three more posts within the next 24 hours. [Art form The Journal of Unlikely Architecture]

• At Nightmare Magazine: "All My Princes Are Gone" by Jennifer Giesbrecht. Horror. Dark Fantasy.
     "When the world was young, it was filled with monsters."

• At "Work Sets You Free" by David Barnett.
       "Gideon is a young fisherman in Yorkshire, England, in an alternate 1890, who embarks on a journey to find Captain Lucian Trigger, the famed Hero of the Empire, to deal with a mystery plaguing his home village. This story takes place as the naive Gideon sets off for London, but on the way encounters a very dark side to the British Empire's insatiable hunger for resources...."

• Now Posted: Journal of Unlikely Architecture #6. Speculative Fiction.
• "Go Through" by Alma Alexander
     "Pain. There is always pain. I think I carry it with me. I brought it here. I wear it. I leave it in the tracks I leave behind on the cobblestones."
• "Three Adventures of Simon Says, the Elder" by Daniel Ausema
     "When the first balloon fell, Simon was climbing a piece of asphalt that jutted up from the ground. He scrambled over and dropped into the lee of the jumbled ruin as the balloons fell harder. Some splashed acid as they popped, some turned into a rain of razor-sharp jacks, but most floated down intact"
• "The Painted Bones" by Kelly Simmons.
     "As Jamie is no longer speaking to Lily, she is currently considering switching strategies. But not this Wednesday. No, not quite yet."
• "The Tower" by Kelly Lagor
     "Dana looked up at the polished black tower before her, which stretched heavenward through the emerald canopy of the Enchanted Forest. Its apex had finally breached the cloud."
• "The Dross Record" by Matthew Timmins
     "The archives themselves were a strange mix of ancient and modern: the main rooms were gigantic open spaces hardly ever encountered in nature, but the floor, ceiling, and walls that were present were all original stonework; a water channel had been left in its natural angular course"
• "Geddarien" by Rose Lemberg.
     "The old man closed his heavy eyelids. 'These cities like ours, my boy, they have a life of their own. And sometimes, you should know,' he whispered, 'the city dances.'"
• "The Latest Incarnation of Secondhand Johnny" by Mark Rigney.
      "That this world might be their own — and of their own devising — was not a proposition with which the regulars bothered themselves. It was both too awful and too obvious to require mention."

Flash Fiction
  • At Daily Science Fiction: "Seaweed" by Mari Ness. Science Fiction.
  • At Every Day Fiction: "Singularity of Attachment" by Sarah Crysl Akhtar. Science Fiction.
  • At Flashes in the Dark: "Memoir" by George Brannen. Horror.
  • At 365 Tomorrows: "My Orbit is Not Done" by Duncan Shields. Science Fiction.
  • At Yesteryear Fiction: "Flowers" by Earl S. Wynn. Fantasy.

Audio Fiction
• At Internet Archive by LibriVox: "Anthem" by Ayn Rand. Dystopia.
     "It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the use of the word "I" is punishable by death)."

• At Nightmare Magazine: "All My Princes Are Gone" by Jennifer Giesbrecht. Horror. Dark Fantasy.
     "When the world was young, it was filled with monsters."

Other Genres

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