Fiction

‘Fire on the Mountain’: Three Excerpts

June 5, 2020

In this bracing and provocative alternate history, a Black socialist utopia rises in the Deep South after John Brown’s 1859 raid on the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry succeeds.

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Chardonnay (My Fantasy America I)

May 29, 2020

Every house in the city of Chardonnay was built in 2005, has three-too-many gables, and a tiny, superfluous balcony adjacent every laundry room. Families in Chardonnay pose frozen in circular driveways waiting for …

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Apartment for Rent

May 8, 2020

“I lived on one side of the city and worked on the other. Although I could easily have taken what residents called the Innerloop or Outerloop highways between my apartment and the office, I chose to drive the major avenues instead …”

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The Masque of the Red Death

May 1, 2020

“The red death had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avatar and its seal — the madness and the horror of blood.”

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Reptilia

August 6, 2019

“Her tongue hasn’t always been this way. She’s pretty sure it was round and pink and human-like when she was born. It’s taken a steady diet of coffee and swear words to get her to this point, but now it’s unavoidable.”

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The Underground Manifesto

July 11, 2019

Carla Myers, an award-winning author of fantastical and flash fiction, brings us this loopy, lyrical tale of verbivorous squirrels and their habit of snatching sentences out of the air and burying them for the winter.

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