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Issue 185 Volume 18 June 2014


Archives Editorial Serials and Long Fiction Poetry and Filk Music Short Stories Features Series


Dan L. Hollifield

The Senior Editor's usual rants about whatever…

Serials and Long Fiction

Alas, there was no new Long Fiction in this issue.

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Short Stories

A Place with the Trees
Morgan K. Tanner
A move to a quaint, little town in the woods seemed just the ticket for Tom's recovery after the accident.

A Tear of Flesh
Daniel Lerner
Honor demanded he saw her and told the truth of his actions, but she was so… different, and leaked fluids.

Beneath a Summer Moon
Camila Dodik
Every soul carries a burden.

Death Song
T. S. Kay
Jin Woo helped people express their grief, but her new client couldn't show emotions.

The perfect woman appeared, or so it seemed… but she wasn't real.

Peter Cushnie
Davy was the only one who could see it, and it really wanted to embrace him.

Lilith's Visit
Luís Ferreira
Some books must be read through to the end, or be ended yourself.

Unlimited Shelf Life
Steven Mace
'Bring Your Child to Work Day' yields surprising results when Richie meets the toy company's resident Mad Scientist.

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Flash Fiction

A Lucky Man
Botond Teklesz
Fortune smiles on Mike Buchanan when a tiny scorpion stings him.

Libro di Sinistro: Redux
David Ulnar-Slew
A family tasked with guarding an evil book must decide who will inherit the burden… and the power.

Soccer Mom
Vannessa Peterson
Rhonda and Brandon are expecting a child, and car salesman German Addleroy thinks he knows exactly what they need.

Three Worlds
Ed Sullivan
An alien invasion reminds us that there is so much we do not see.

The Aphelion Flash Fiction Contest

We run a monthly flash fiction contest in the "Fun and Games" folder in Aphelion's forum. In the contest we post a challenge with a specific theme and genre and participants write a flash story based on the challenge guidelines. The contest is a great place to hone your writing skills, meet some fellow writers, receive some feedback, and possibly win a prize. New participants are always welcome. Submissions for the contest are done through the forum. Flash stories from all of our previous contest challenges are archived in the forum as well.

Over 500 stories are included in our archive. To start reading some of these great flash stories, check out either Index 1 or Index 2.

June's challenge is The Scheherazade 7 Challenge. The contest started in the forum on May 31st. Click HERE to check it out. There is a $40 prize for the winner of this month's contest provided jointly by our anonymous patron and I. Verse, the winner of May's flash contest.

Results of the Aphelion Flash Fiction Contest for May 2014

Congratulations to I. Verse, winner of the I Am Invincible Challenge. Click HERE to read his winning story, "Killshot and the Russian," and seven other flash stories about invincible superheroes.

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Poetry and Filk Music

Beyond The Sky's Limit
Rafał Zabratyński and Dietmar Tauchner

Expression Of Time
Richard Tornello

Douglas Polk

Jesus Walks
Michael Lee Johnson

Journey Of The Alien Vampire
Denny E Marshall

J.D. DeHart

An old grey god
Daryl Nielsen

Rafał Zabratyński

Robin B. Lipinski

To H. G. Wells
Perry L. Powell

Richard H. Fay

What is Evil?
Jean Jones

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Articles and features

A Word In Your Ear: Clamouring Indifference
Rob Wynne
Doesn't mean that much to me to mean that much to you…

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