Fantasy, Sci Fi, and Supernatural Thriller Stories
The loose wrappings at my wrist and neck flutter like flags of war in the wind. Hand over hand I turn and face the rocky wall of the precipice. I have to pull up; but my sinews do not remember how. I look down again and wonder if that too will be my end.
(This story first appeared in Antipodean SF, November 2021)Read More › about Worse Monsters
A backpack full of flashbangs, a loudspeaker, and a road flare; those are my weapons? ‘He knows best’ is not the most rational answer. But I guess I left the domain of the rational a few thousand miles ago. One more door before me. I no longer cringe at the moaning hinges.
(This story was first published in Antipodean SF issue 275. It also appeared as a podcast in the Antipodean SF Radio Show )Read More › about Hydra
“Her name was Hope.” My words spread puzzlement over her flawless features. “You won’t remember her.” Incomprehension stills her full lips in mid word and then we tumble over the edge together.
This story first appeared in AntipodeanSF Issue 265, Oct. 2020.Read More › about Livingstone
Who argued for my soul?
Having survived the annihilation of the first universe, she seeks to live out her eternity in peace as mother goddess to mankind; but someone else has also survived, and he controls her dreams.
This story first appeared in the Untold Podcast .Read More › about Who argued for my soul?
Science Fiction (SciFi) Stories
ACC was right
Nothing can be in two places at the same time or in two times at the same place. The first seems obvious to us. The second is guaranteed by the expansion of the universe and the fact that every planet, every star, every galaxy in the universe is constantly moving. Here won’t be here tomorrow.
(This story first appeared in Antipodean SF issue 283, 21 Apr. 2022)Read More › about ACC was right
I am Sorrow
One more year — I told Devon that’s all we needed. I was so sure that working together we would find the key to prolong the reaction. But Devon doubted. His allowance consumed and the debts mounting, his pride could not abide the shame of failure. Even though I told him it did not matter to me, that I had already found two families that would have hired me as governess, that I knew we could succeed together, he would not have it. So we went to America to see this John Keely. It was December of 1887; the man was at the height of his fame.
(This story first appeared in Antipodean SF issue 280; January 2022)Read More › about I am Sorrow
The Return of Rahab
“Cuneiform?” Air Marshall James Garrett of the Royal Australian Air Force bristled as his eyes swept through that roomful of alliance cryptologists. In the end, he just hung his head and muttered. “Why the hell would a technologically advanced civilisation, centuries ahead of our own, store their classified data in cuneiform?”
(This story was first published in the October issue of Antipodean SF, the speculative fiction e-zine. It also appeared April 10, 2022 as a podcast in the Antipodean SF Radio Show.)Read More › about The Return of Rahab
A measure of the depth
Someone is hunting down thugs in the City of Living Dreams, where any pleasure or drug is available for a price. Though the planet is strictly off-limits to military personnel in training, Lieutenant Junior Grade Palladia Conté is discovered there, and immediately conscripted to help stop the killing spree.
A measure of the depth, first appeared 2008 in Residential Aliens where it’s available for reading.Read More › about A measure of the depth
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Supernatural Thriller Stories
Template of the Rephaim
1862: Dr. Bernice Vedeen has chartered transport across the Black Sea to carry medical supplies intended for Dr. Livingstone’s mission in Africa. She does not believe in the existence of vampires. But the discovery of the blood-drained corpse of a Russian aristocrat on board is about to bring her face to face with an even deadlier terror.
Template of the Rephaim first appears in the Crossover Alliance’s Second Anthology. It is also intended as Chapter 1 of the novel, Hallowstone: Return of the Mocker.Read More › about Template of the Rephaim
From the Blog
A second parenthesis – Fairness and Faith
Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians continually brings up the contrast between the values of the kingdom of the world and the values that Christians commit to live by. We are physically in this world, but we are called to live in the Kingdom of God. Because the two kingdoms are engaged in a spiritual war, conflict down here is unavoidable. In the early Church, that conflict manifested itself as persecution. Out and out persecution is rare in our lives here in the US, but that doesn’t mean the conflict of values is not taking place in subtler ways. In fact, the latter can be more deadly because it can be hard to detect.Read More › about A second parenthesis – Fairness and Faith
A parenthesis about Persecution: Are today’s Christians different from first century Christians?
Paul’s rebuke to the believers in the Corinthian Church, in 1 Corinthians 4:9-13, gives me pause. If you are like me, before (re)reading this epistle you already knew that there were problems in that Church; including some rather scandalous sins. Therefore, since we know better than to get into that kind of trouble, it is easy to slip into the role of observers as we read the letter; to think it is all about them not us. But Jesus already warned us against that mentality that sees the speck in my brother’s eye but is ignorant of the utility pole stuck in my own. So, if I take Jesus’ words to heart, how do I respond to Pauls’ rebuke?Read More › about A parenthesis about Persecution: Are today’s Christians different from first century Christians?
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