Fantasy, Sci Fi, and Supernatural Thriller Stories

Fantasy Stories

  • 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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  • Who argued for my soul?

    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 .

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Science Fiction (SciFi) Stories

  • 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.

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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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  • A measure of the depth

    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.

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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

  • In all ways tempted like we are

    In all ways tempted like we are

    In speaking about Jesus, the writer of the book of Hebrews tells us: (Hebrews 4:15 NASB) we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things just as we are, yet without sin. In other words, in regards to temptation, there is an “equal sign” there between Jesus and me.

    Now, in Math, the equal sign works both ways. That means that not only was Jesus tempted the way we are all tempted, it is also true that we are tempted the way Jesus was tempted. This realization makes me see Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness in a new light.

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  • Who are we fighting for?

    Who are we fighting for?

    In last week’s post I started with Pontius Pilate’s interrogation of Jesus. There was one line in there that struck me as worthy of pondering, also in light of current events, but since it was not on the subject of Truth, I didn’t emphasize it. It’s time to go back to it today.

    When Pontius Pilate gets to his ‘Aha!” moment: ‘So, you are a King!’ Jesus’ response is this: “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

    Which brings me to the question: Have you ever found yourself fighting to defend Jesus?

    And the second question: What would Jesus say about that?

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