Fantasy, Sci Fi, and Supernatural Thriller Stories

Fantasy Stories

  • Feythful

    Feythful

    They had everything they needed in their modest farm except an heir to care for them in their old age. Yet Parson Acke Rahm and his wife Carita, the village midwife, lived contented lives. Though fate had denied them the very joy she had brought to their kith and kin in their village, and beyond, they had no regrets. Then one evening there was a knocking at their door.

    (This story first appeared in Antipodean SF issue 292, 21 January, 2023)

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  • Worse Monsters

    Worse Monsters

    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)

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  • Hydra

    Hydra

    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 )

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  • Livingstone

    Livingstone

    “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.

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Science Fiction (SciFi) Stories

  • A blind fish story

    A blind fish story

    Millimeter for millimeter, the cosmic ray neutron shielding power of iron outperforms lead by a factor of five. And Carl Newman’s Remote Sensing suite had found the mother of all mother lodes in the largest asteroid belt ever seen by man; free for the taking. And, as if that were not enough, low orbit magneto-metric mapping of the system’s only habitable planet suggested it too contained vast underground deposits of the metal.

    (This story first appeared in the anthology Alien Dimensions; Space Fiction Short Story Anthology Series #23; Edited by Neil A. Hogan, 2022)

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  • ACC was right

    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)

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  • I am Sorrow

    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)

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  • The Return of Rahab

    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.)

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Supernatural Thriller Stories

  • Template of the Rephaim

    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.

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From the Blog

  • Pick your time. (Part 3 of 3)

    Pick your time. (Part 3 of 3)

    Nicodemus came to see Jesus at night. He came because he recognized in Jesus the evidence of a new work of God (after four centuries of prophetic silence). The Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar runs into Jesus in the middle of the day. She had little to recognize in Jesus because she came from a people who had lived in a deeper silence for over seven centuries, since the Assyrians ravaged the northern kingdom of Israel. Over the intervening time, the Jews and Samaritans developed an adversarial relationship. By the time of Jesus, they despised each other. Yet, Jesus shows up at that well as if there were nothing to worry about.

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  • Pick your time (part 2 of 3)

    Pick your time (part 2 of 3)

    Another story from the gospel of John that gets a lot of mileage is Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. When Jesus arrives at the well, it is noontime. It is hot. People avoided doing hard work under the burning sun; yet here comes this woman to fill up her water bucket, and she runs into Jesus. Usually the sermon points out that – as we later find out – she is a woman with a “reputation” in that town. Therefore, we are told, she came at the time when no one else would come to the well, to avoid dealing with glares and snide comments.

    But we don’t know why she came. Maybe we should make no assumptions. Maybe she came there for a divine appointment.

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