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Appletree Court

Appletree Court


1956: Bernie Stetson is a burglar, robbing suburban homes while their owners are not at home. Bernie's latest raid takes him to the subdivision of Shady Groves. But things quickly go wrong. First, the house Bernie is robbing turns out to be not as deserted as he thought. And then, a flying saucer from outer space appears in the sky above Shady Groves…   This is a short story of 3600 words or...   [click here for more]
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The Ghosts of Doodenbos

The Ghosts of Doodenbos


The Netherlands in the year of the Lord 1571: The young widow Ann lives alone with her little son Florentijn in a house at the edge of the woods. From childhood on, Ann has been told to never ever go alone into the woods. But when her little son runs away, Ann has no choice. She must venture into the forest to save Florentijn from the creatures that live in the woods surrounding the village of Doodenbos....   [click here for more]
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Azalea Avenue

Azalea Avenue


1956: On the surface, Rosemary Wilson is a happily married wife and mother, enjoying a perfect life in the quiet suburb of Shady Groves. But the house on Azalea Avenue harbours a dark secret, for Rosemary's husband Don is an abusive drunk, who vents his frustrations on Rosemary and their three children. After nine years of abuse, Rosemary finally decides to leave Don. But her plans of escape are interrupted,...   [click here for more]
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Willowbook Farm

Willowbook Farm


1956: The elderly farmer couple Bob and Mary Graham are crushed by debt and about to lose the family farm to a greedy developer. But on the day they are supposed to be evicted, a flying saucer from outer space appears in the sky above Willowbrook Farm…   This is a short story of 2700 words or approx. 10 print pages in the The Day the Saucers Came… series, but may be read as a standalone....   [click here for more]
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A Grave Case

A Grave Case


When the elderly widow Maureen Pettigrew is found bludgeoned to death on the grave of her late husband, the case seems clear. Maureen is the latest victim of the cemetery mugger who has been terrorising Kensal Green cemetery for several weeks now. However, the only suspect – a young man in jeans and a battered leather jacket – is a phantom no one except the cemetery caretaker has ever seen. Can...   [click here for more]
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The Night Court

The Night Court


The city of Vanadur suffers under the thumb of the Night Court, whose bailiffs snatch random people off the streets and whose masked judges know only one verdict: guilty. Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, is one of those who are snatched off the streets and put on trial by the Night Court. The accusation: murder. But while Meldom may have done many questionable things in the past,...   [click here for more]
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The Cave of the Dragon

The Cave of the Dragon


Thurvok, the sellsword, is enjoying a meal with his friends, Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, the sorceress Sharenna and Lysha, Meldom's sweetheart whom the adventurers saved from the gallows, when a peasant woman asks them for help. Her young daughter Tali has been chosen to be sacrificed to the dragon that terrorises the area. Thurvok and his friends want to help her and save...   [click here for more]
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The Bleak Heath

The Bleak Heath


Thurvok the sellsword and his companions Meldom, thief and occasional assassin, and the sorceress Sharenna are fleeing across the Bleak Heath after saving Meldom's childhood sweetheart Lysha from the gallows. Weary and exhausted, they are relieved to come upon a hut on the heath. But what they find inside that hut may well be more dangerous than the heath itself. This is a novelette of 10500 words...   [click here for more]
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The Forest of the Hanged

The Forest of the Hanged


According to the laws of the Rhadur, whenever one of their own is killed in one of the cities they have conquered, twelve citizens chosen at random must die in turn. Now the Rhadur governor of Greyvault has been murdered and in retaliation, his successor plans to hang twelve innocent maidens. One of the women to be hanged is Lysha, the childhood sweetheart of Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional...   [click here for more]
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The Road of Skeletons

The Road of Skeletons


On their way to the northern city of Khon Orzad, Thurvok, the sellsword, and his friend Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, travel along a road lined with the skeletons of executed heretics. It's a grim path that becomes even grimmer when Thurvok and Meldom come upon a blindfolded woman who is still very much alive tied to a stake by the side of the road. Should they continue their...   [click here for more]
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The Tomb of the Undead Slaves

The Tomb of the Undead Slaves


The sellsword Thurvok and his friend and companion Meldom, thief, cutpurse and occasional assassin, venture into the Rusted Desert to seek the tomb of the ancient king Chagurdai and the legendary treasure supposedly hidden there. But once Thurvok and Meldom venture into the tomb, they find that a treasure is not all that's buried there. This is a short story of 4100 words or 13 print pages...   [click here for more]
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The Valley of the Man Vultures

The Valley of the Man Vultures


On his way to Krysh, a city of fabled riches, the sellsword Thurvok must first pass through the Valley of the Accursed Blood. Traditionally, those travelling to Krysh make offerings at the temple at the entrance of the valley in exchange for protection on their journey. But Thurvok scoffs at such superstition and decides to continue his journey without any divine protection. His refusal to make an...   [click here for more]
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Santa's Sticky Fingers

Santa's Sticky Fingers


Normally, Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd doesn’t deal with petty crime and pickpockets. But when the Christmas market in Kingston upon Thames is hit by a wave of thefts, Helen and her team are called in to help out. Harry, a homeless man who always hangs around the market, seems to be the most obvious suspect. But there is also the mysterious man in the black leather jacket some witnesses...   [click here for more]
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Christmas after the End of the World

Christmas after the End of the World


It's Christmas… five months after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted, blacked out the sun and covered most of the western US in ash. Thirteen-year-old Natalie, her younger brother Liam, baby Olivia and family dog Bud are among the few still holding out in the evacuation zone. Day to day survival is hard enough, but Natalie is determined to give Liam and Olivia an unforgettable Christmas…...   [click here for more]
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After the End - Stories of Life After the Apocalypse

After the End - Stories of Life After the Apocalypse


When the apocalypse has come and gone, life still goes on for the survivors struggling to adapt to the new normal. In a drowned world, the descendants of surface dwellers remember the cities that were lost, the inhabitants of ocean floor colonies cling to outmoded customs and scavengers search the flooded ruins for anything that might be of use. In a world ravaged by droughts, two college students...   [click here for more]
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Southern Monsters

Southern Monsters


Three tales of monsters and terror in the Louisiana bayous. When a young bride goes missing on her wedding day in Acadiana, the locals blame the Terror, the legendary monster that stalks the Crimson Bayou. Remy Theriault does not believe in the Terror and he's pretty sure the bride has done a runner. But the groom is his cousin and family is family. So Remy goes out to look for the runaway...   [click here for more]
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Flesh Trade

Flesh Trade


1966: Freelance troubleshooter Todd Donovan is hired to locate four American college students who have gone missing while doing humanitarian work on the Caribbean island of San Ezequiel. While punching suspects and taking names, Todd learns that the college students as well as a young nun were kidnapped by a local crime boss named Cabeza. So now Todd is engaged in a desperate race against time...   [click here for more]
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The Crawling Death

The Crawling Death


1966. Freelance troubleshooter Todd Donovan is hired to locate Dr. Pat Turner, a biologist who has gone missing in the South American jungle. It seems like an easy job at first, but then Todd finds himself staring into the barrel of a gun. Captured and taken to the jungle compound of the drug lord Durango, Todd finally meets up with Dr. Turner, who turns out to be not just a beautiful woman, but...   [click here for more]
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The Standarounds of Twilight Gardens

The Standarounds of Twilight Gardens


Sinister shadows menace a family… Strange things keep happening in the quirky little seaside town of Hallowind Cove, earning it the nickname "Harbour of the Weird". When the Hutchinson family buy the beautiful Beauregard mansion on Gloomland Street, they believe they've made the deal of a lifetime. But unfortunately, no one told them about the fog that envelops Hallowind Cove for...   [click here for more]
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The Mermaid of Foghorn Point

The Mermaid of Foghorn Point


The catch of the day at the Croaking Foghorn is not at all as expected… Strange things keep happening in the permanently fog-shrouded seaside town of Hallowind Cove, earning it the nickname "Harbour of the Weird". Paul and Rachel's date at The Croaking Foghorn pub is derailed, when it turns out that local fisherman Eddie Bramwell brought home no fish, but one hell of...   [click here for more]
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Tea and Treachery

Tea and Treachery


Lady Violetta Chesterfield travels to the Kingdom of Dragomir on a mission. For her fiancé, Nicholas Blackstone, Captain of the airship Renegade, has been captured and sentenced to death as a pirate and spy. Violetta is determined to save her beloved from the gallows. Therefore, she arranges a meeting with Count Ostrowsky, prime minister of Dragomir, to beg for her fiancé's life....   [click here for more]
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Old Mommark's Tale

Old Mommark's Tale


In a tavern on Tortuga, the pirate Old Mommark recalls an adventure of his youth and tells a tale of an uncharted island, a great treasure, the gruesome Captain Scarlet and the even more gruesome monster that dragged him to his doom. But is it a true story or just sailor's yarn, spun under the influence of too much rum? This is a short story of 3800 words or approximately 14 print pages. ...   [click here for more]
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Blasters of Forever

Blasters of Forever


1985: Screenwriter Simon St. John makes his living writing toy tie-in cartoons and dreams of finally getting his screenplay "People on a Bridge" produced. But one night, when Simon has just come up with his latest creation, a group of time travelling cops known as the Blasters of Forever, a portal opens inside his living room. Out of the portal hop none others than the Blasters of Forever...   [click here for more]
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The Three Quarters Eaten Dessert

The Three Quarters Eaten Dessert


Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, an argument about sharing a dessert at an upscale restaurant escalates and threatens their friendship with their neighbours, the Hoppenstedts. This parodistic piece is a mundane short story of 6000 words or approximately...   [click here for more]
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Christmas on Iago Prime

Christmas on Iago Prime


Eight-year-old Libby has come with her parents to spend a year at the newly established colony on the planet Iago Prime. Libby's parents believe that this is a great opportunity for all of them, but Libby is unhappy on Iago Prime. There are no other children on Iago Prime and Libby can't go anywhere, because she doesn't even have a space suit. Worst of all, they will spend Christmas on Iago Prime,...   [click here for more]
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Seedlings

Seedlings


A Shattered Empire story Once Ethan Summerton was the heir to a lordship, and a whole planet besides. But all that was taken from him, when his father decided to side with the Galactic Rebellion against the Fifth Human Empire and was murdered for his troubles along with the entire Summerton family, leaving Ethan the only survivor. Now, cooped up with more than two thousand...   [click here for more]
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Hanging Day

Hanging Day


London, 1751: It's hanging day at Tyburn and nine condemned criminals, six men and three women, are about to meet their end on the infamous triple tree. Among the crowd come to see them hang is Jack Blackstone, better known as Blackjack the highwayman. But Jack has not come to Tyburn on this day merely to gawk at the spectacle of a public execution. For among those to be hanged today is Eliza Colson,...   [click here for more]
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The Tinsel-Free Christmas Tree

The Tinsel-Free Christmas Tree


Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, an argument about how to decorate the Christmas tree escalates and threatens their marriage. This parodistic piece is a mundane short story of 2900 words or approximately 12 print pages, written in the style of science fiction’s...   [click here for more]
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Children of the Stone Gods

Children of the Stone Gods


This is a collection of seven tales on the borderline of science fiction and fantasy. Seven stories of lost worlds, where carcasses of crashed spaceships litter the landscape and science and technology have long turned into myth and legend. Enter a world of sacrifices and stone gods, where people live in the hulls of the great space arks that brought their ancestors to this planet, where four-armed...   [click here for more]
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Hangman's Wages

Hangman's Wages


Germany in the Middles Ages: Ulrich, executioner to Count Dietmar of Finsterwalde, finds his workload unexpectedly doubled, when Count Dietmar orders him to hang Anna, a young thief caught picking pockets during the public execution of a notorious bandit. Ulrich feels sorry for Anna, but orders are orders. And so he leads the terrified Anna to the hanging tree, determined to make sure that she suffers...   [click here for more]
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The Faulty Television Receiver

The Faulty Television Receiver


Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, a faulty television receiver can still lead to argument and cause them to examine their marriage. This parodistic piece is a mundane short story of 4100 words, written in the style of science fiction's "golden age"...   [click here for more]
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The Four and a Half Minute Boiled Egg

The Four and a Half Minute Boiled Egg


Bertha and Alfred, married for twenty years, enjoy a truly science fictional life in the twenty-first century. But in spite of all the technological marvels surrounding them, an argument at the breakfast table about egg boiling times escalates and threatens to end their marriage. This parodistic piece is a mundane short story of 3500 words, written in the style of science fiction's "golden...   [click here for more]
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Christmas Shopping with a Broken Heart

Christmas Shopping with a Broken Heart


When her boyfriend dumps her four weeks before Christmas, Hannah throws herself into holiday preparations in order to dull the pain. But nothing seems to help, until Hannah quite literally bumps into Owen, while Christmas shopping. Hannah and Owen hit it off immediately. But Owen is nursing an old grief of his own… This is a short and sweet holiday romance of 5900 words or approximately...   [click here for more]
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The Cursed Arm of Driftwood Beach

The Cursed Arm of Driftwood Beach


A disembodied arm terrifies a seaside town… Strange things keep happening in the permanently fog-shrouded seaside town of Hallowind Cove, earning it the nickname "Harbour of the Weird". When a beachcomber finds a giant wooden arm on the beach, the people of Hallowind Cove are excited about a new addition to the town museum’s collection. But the wooden arm has a mind of its...   [click here for more]
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The Death of the American Dream

The Death of the American Dream


They came out of nowhere to attack America's towns and suburbs: Giant mutant crabs and other creatures, grown to enormous size due to nuclear radiation and bent on destroying the American way of life. But while many fall to the monster attacks, an advertising executive finds the unexpected strength to survive and fight back for the sake of his family… This is a short story of 5300 words...   [click here for more]
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Valentine's Day on Iago Prime

Valentine's Day on Iago Prime


Kai and Maisie are about the celebrate their first Valentine's Day on the planet Iago Prime. However, the holiday traditions they established back on Earth such as celebrating Valentine's Day with a picnic on the beach are impossible to maintain in the hostile environment of their new home. But in spite of the many limitations imposed by living on Iago Prime, Kai pulls out all the stops to give Maisie...   [click here for more]
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Dream Job

Dream Job


Flight attendant used to be her dream job. But for Tania, that dream has long turned into a nightmare of long working hours, lots of stress and rude passengers. Then, one day during a flight taking holidaymakers to Mallorca, Tania decides that she has had enough… This is a short story of 3300 words or approximately 10 print pages. This story may also be found in the collection Flights...   [click here for more]
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Operation Rubber Ducky

Operation Rubber Ducky


Three short tales of anthropomorphic terror, featuring Trojan toys, axe-wielding ducks and fluffy killer rabbits from outer space. When the world is besieged by Kaiju, the only weapon that can stop them turns out to be a rubber ducky with a deadly secret… His name is whispered in terror: Mock Duck, the mad axe-man of Chinatown, deadly enforcer for the triads. No one has ever seen his face...   [click here for more]
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A History of the New Ice Age

A History of the New Ice Age


The cryogenic freezing of the dead in hope of a eventual revival has long been the province of cranks and crazies. However, when two frozen mountain gorillas are successfully revived, cryogenics suddenly becomes a viable medical technology. The first humans are revived soon thereafter and though most of them have financial difficulties not to mention problems adjusting to the new world in which they...   [click here for more]
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Loot

Loot


Jack Slater is the worst sort of criminal lowlife, a pursesnatcher who hangs out on cemeteries to relieve little old ladies of their handbags. But when he snatches Eudora Pennington's purse, Jack gets far more than he bargained for. This is a short story of 3200 words. This story is also available as part of the collection Murder in the Family. ...   [click here for more]
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Christmas Eve at the Purple Owl Café

Christmas Eve at the Purple Owl Café


After a massive row with her parents over intolerable relatives, Katie finds herself all alone for the holidays. So she heads for the one place in town where everyone is welcome on Christmas Eve, the legendary Purple Owl Café. The Purple Owl Café has a chequered sixty-year history. These days it's not just a place for good music and conversation, it also happens to...   [click here for more]
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Overdose

Overdose


When Caroline Murray is found dead in an underground parking garage with a needle in her arm, the case seems clear. Caroline died of a drug overdose. However, everybody who knew Caroline insists that she was vehemently opposed to drugs and would never have taken any. And what was Caroline doing at 544 Grant Road, a building to which she had no known connection? Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd...   [click here for more]
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The Cork and the Bottle

The Cork and the Bottle


When the landlord of "The Cork and the Bottle" ends up dead in a puddle of blood on the floor of his own pub, the case seems clear. The teen burglars who broke into the pub to steal the contents of the till are the culprits. But there are things about the case that just don't add up. And eventually, Detective Inspector Helen Shepherd begins to suspect that the killers are to be found much...   [click here for more]
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Seeing Red

Seeing Red


Two tales of bad relationships, angry women and murder Seeing Red It was supposed to be just sex. But then Dan gradually wormed his way into Maggie's life and into her apartment. And though Dan insists that he loves her, Maggie suspects he is far more interested in her sixty inch plasma screen. Living together brings out the vast differences between Maggie and Dan. And so Maggie's...   [click here for more]
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Demolition

Demolition


The stately mansion stood tall for one hundred years. But after the death of its last owner, the old house has been neglected and forgotten, its garden overgrown by rose bushes. When three children stumble upon the old house, it gains a new lease on life, doubling for Sleeping Beauty's castle in the children's imagination. But unbeknown to the children, the old house is under threat, for real estate...   [click here for more]
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Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts


Waiting until closing time on Christmas Eve to get a present for his Mom certainly wasn't one of Tim's better ideas. Especially not since the store only has a self-service wrapping station and Tim is utterly hopeless at gift-wrapping. Lucky for him, the lively and unconventional Shannon is there to lend a hand. This is a short and sweet holiday romance of 5700 words or approximately 16 print...   [click here for more]
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Acacia Crescent

Acacia Crescent


1956. In the quiet suburb of Shady Groves, ten-year-old Kenny watches as both his parents are murdered, shot down by a mafia enforcer. And the mob is not inclined to leave any witnesses behind. However, an invasion from outer space may just prove to be one little boy's salvation…   This is a short story of 3500 words or approx. 13 pages in the The Day the Saucers Came… series, but may...   [click here for more]
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Pissed

Pissed


Drunken and rude passengers aboard a plane are a nightmare. But it's even worse when you happen to be the unlucky person seated right next to a rude drunkard. And once the rude drunkard starts to harass you, it's easy to lose your temper. Particularly if that rude drunkard is not even remotely your type… This is a short story of 2400 words or approximately 7 print pages. This story may...   [click here for more]
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Love in the Times of the Macrobiotic Muesli

Love in the Times of the Macrobiotic Muesli


A Romance of the Counterculture West Germany, 1982: Hans-Dieter and Katrin, both active in the peace and environment movement, meet at a protest march against a new nuclear power station and manage to fall for each other, while fleeing police truncheons, tear gas and water cannons. Navigating the intricacies of romantic and sexual relationships is tricky in an era where the personal is political,...   [click here for more]
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Insomnia

Insomnia


Shortly after moving to Century Courts Apartments, banker Marc Taylor finds himself unable to sleep. At first, he quite enjoys the additional time his chronic insomnia gives him. But as the weeks wear on, Marc craves nothing more than sleep. However, neither his doctor nor his therapist are able to help him. Even worse, his bizarre nocturnal habits are alarming the neighbours. And in those long sleepless...   [click here for more]
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