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Serials and Long Fiction

Sleeping Dogs Lie
I. Verse
Joe Tibbs made his living as a medium — nothing fancy, but enough to feed himself and his arthritic old dog, Digger. He was a fraud, of course — the voices in his head were not the spirits of the dearly departed. But they did tell him what he needed to know.

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Short Stories

From the Depths
Sam Best
Paul Edgefield had worked at the recently-condemned water treatment plant for most of his life. It seemed odd that there could be a door he had never seen before — and that door led somewhere strange and terrible.

In Shadows I'm Gone
Evan Davies
His office job was killing him, or at least making him wish he were dead, doing mindless things for even more mindless bosses, day after day. But in the shadows behind a printer/photocopier, he found a way out.
*** Contains adult language ***

Indigo Puree
Connley (Lee) Landers
To allow so many billions to survive, the world had become a joyless, literally colorless place where real human contact and relationships were not quite prohibited. But Sonja decided that she and Bon Tra, her approved mate, would do things the old-fashioned way and put the "hue" back in "humanity".

Living the Lie
J. I. Charles
Robert Sosa awoke in the perfect darkness of his living room — he had unplugged all the gadgets — to find a stranger sitting there. The stranger promised — or threatened — to change his life forever..

Lord of Snakes
John Rovito
War and climate change had twisted the world and turned many men into monsters. Some of them claimed to be the old gods reborn, and one in particular now led an army against the town John Tanner and his followers have built in the desert.

P. C. Van Slyke
In his spare time, Mort Carrie was an inventor, using the skills acquired in his abortive electrical engineering studies cobbling together gadgets in his basement workshop. The strangely-heavy gadget he had picked up on eBay was a unique challenge — he had no idea what it actually did. And identical devices were turning up all over town.

Obscured by Madness
Gary W. Feather
In ancient China, the warrior Lady Nu and her apprentice, One-Eyed Nu, accompanied the old man, Hao, on his perilous quest for a magical artifact of great power. The problem was that they weren't sure why

The Crystal Ghost
Matt Spencer
Cassias Morningstar and the deadly woman Aschera went into the labyrinth of pure blue Angel Lapis in search of the same treasure — or so he thought. In any case, to survive would take all their considerable fighting skills and the magic that joined Cassias and his sword.
*** Contains adult language ***

September 2012 Forum Flash Challenge

Congratulations to McCamy Taylor, author of the favorite entry in the September 2012 Forum Flash Fiction Challenge. Check out "All's Fair" and six more tales of the brains behind a throne taking the easy way for a change.

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Poetry and Filk Music

Damn Near Perfect
Mark Edgemon

Fountainhead of Faith
Jonas Birge

Clinton Van Inman

On Aging
Richard Tornello

Mike Berger

John M. Marshall

Robin Lipinski

Thoughts on Land Fills
Richard Tornello

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Articles and features

Thoughts on Writing #42: The Very First You
Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire takes apart the engine of writing to find out how it works, and offers her insights into how to put it back together again.

Rogues in Hell - Edited by Janet Morris & Chris Morris
Dan L. Hollifield
Dan reviews the latest installment in the "…in Hell" fantasy anthology series.

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