1888—New Mexico Territory
Father William Clarke knows his share of desperate men. A priest in a dangerous border town, Clarke’s business is to minister to anyone who’ll listen: liars, beggars, thieves…even killers. But when Father Clarke walks through the door of the Hard Case Saloon one night, he encounters something new—a ragged, filthy stranger who insists... [click here for more]
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Tony has been an actor all his life, but now he has a problem. The world has turned to Telesensory, and he’s leery of this so-called “acting” with a transmitting link in his head. Reluctantly, he agrees to work in this new craze -- and watches his fears turn into a real-life nightmare. A short story from our Orbits sci-fi line. ... [click here for more]
A new work of horror short fiction from the Derringer-nominated author of Ballistic and The God of Speed. Nine-year-old Kayla suffers from horrible dreams, along with the nagging fear that monsters will come for her in the night. Employees of the Stafford Sleep Clinic think they know better, until an astonished technician discovers that beyond all of the machines, wires, and monitors... [click here for more]
When Dr. Julian Lambert receives millions in funding for his water-bottling operation deep in the Amazonian rainforest, workers and owners alike celebrate their good fortune. All except one man—Lambert’s mysterious foreman, Manolo—who whispers a grave warning: Opportunity is not the only thing money brings…
Manolo knows the price of success in this lawless part of the Peruvian... [click here for more]
When he arrived at the New England town of Vanitas, all that Caleb Rushton wanted was an escape from the life of a seaman. What he found there included murder, a ghost-like apparition, a multi-layered trail of deception, and a need for his carpentry skills to help in the building of a gigantic church organ powered by steam. A great blend of steampunk and horror from our Orbits sci-fi/fantasy short... [click here for more]