“There Will Never Be Any More Solken Wine” Is Now Available

Wallie and are excited to announce the publication of one of our favorite stories by one of our favorite authors! Wheeeeee!

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Somehow, the title of this post sounds contradictory.

The short fantasy adventure “There Will Never Be Any More Solken Wine” has just been published in the October 2018 edition of Alban Lake Publishing’s Outposts of Beyond. A warm drink to stave off the coming autumn chill. Liquid music for readers who are prepared to go down fighting.

In case you missed them when they first were published, “Job: A Fairy Tale of God, Satan, and Us” is available at Mysterion. You can read the whole thing right here, right now. Oh, it’s a fairy tale, all right.

And don’t forget, the dark fairy tale “The Three Sisters” is up at Metaphorosis. Be sure your hammer and tongs are close at hand when you go. You’re likely to need them. It’s available both in print and online. But the print edition is definitely…

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Mermaids and Ceiling Fans

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Mermaids and Ceiling Fans (160 Words)

The ceiling fan wasn’t working and Jake was telling one of his interminable stories. There was no doubt he’d done a lot of traveling and adventuring in his day, but I’d never seen anyone so eager to flaunt it in the most unbelievable way.

“With all that seaweed wrapped up in our propellers,” he said. “We couldn’t go anywhere. We stuck there, with nothing at the bottom of the sea. You might say we were stuck.”

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Dancing on a High Wire

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Dancing on a High Wire (144 Words)

Maybe it was a mistake. But Chloe had been walking on a tightrope her whole life. Her parents’ kingdom prized that kind of elegant toe-stepping, and of all her siblings Chloe was the most skilled. Now she was walking that familiar “wire” again to familiar music. But it wasn’t all the same.

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Holding a Star

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Holding a Star (162 Words)

There are times when fairies steal humans away, either for the short term or forever. This visit, hasty as it was, had been planned for two years.

“Hold it tight,” said the fairy woman anxiously. “Don’t drop it!”

The man with her was already fumbling his star. Not for the first time, the bright beam of light slipped between his fingers.

“Ah—sorry.”

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How to Fail the GRE and Enjoy the Fall

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We confess.  We are poor students and it’s mostly Wallie’s fault.  A few summers ago when I was studying for that hideous demon of all tests, that HORROR of my existence, my little Impish friend had the best ideas for making study fun.  To bolster our vocabulary, instead of reading we wrote a series of short scenes using words from our GRE study list.  We drew pictures to visualize the–vocabulary.

To be fair, it was not the Verbal we failed.

One of our favorite fictions from this time of sweat and tears, frequently reread, involves two characters from the show and film “Dark Shadows.”  How and why is little David forced to hide in Barnabas’s coffin-room?  Good question.  There are other questions, too.  The answers I leave to your imagination.

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