Entertainingly Evil
7
Apr

>SYS REBOOT by Holly Heisey

5. The bar is full of violet smoke which shakes to the green of rave light. I pluck out the tune on my eight-stringed electrolin, shimmering the smoke with every touch. This is my bar. 4. A man walks into the bar, hulking pistol on his belt. He sniffs the air–all cardamom and bad wine–and […]


5
Apr

From the Editor’s Lair by Jennifer Brozek

Speculate! is going well. I believe the first story will go live in June. I’ve narrowed things down quite a bit. As for the slush pile, from all reports, my slush reader believes about 50% of what we are getting are cast-offs from other calls for submissions with no regard to theme or the EGM […]


31
Mar

Touring Test By Holly Schofield

I pulled over onto the shoulder of Highway 16 and opened my door for the hitchhiker. The sweat from the summer heat ran down his face as he pulled the door closed. His grubby jeans were shoved carelessly into rubber boots that reeked of manure.  Just the sort of person I wanted. “I just need […]


29
Mar

Vengeance for Captain Phenomenal by Megan Neumann

Yeah, she’d heard about the Captain—how they’d stripped him, tortured him, made him beg before robbing him of his glory and his life. Gemini didn’t care. Why should she? Captain Phenomenal was her enemy. For years he’d tried to thwart her. Every robbery she’d attempted, he’d been there, floating above her in the sky with […]


24
Mar

Memory Boxes by Pam L. Wallace

Sara sat on the floor, surrounded by boxes of shiny-grained wood, one ear attuned, as always, to Darrell’s breathing, holding her own breath each time his stuttered—waiting, waiting for his next breath so she, too could breathe again. He lay on the bed, curled into a near-fetal position. All that was left of the man […]


22
Mar

Under a Wing and a Prayer by Alan Baxter

I remember my grandfather’s face, even though he died when I was three. Mum said he used to hold me for hours nearly every night and whisper in my ear, too quietly for her to hear what he said. But I recall word for word what he told me. It’s why I’m standing here, a […]


17
Mar

Smart Money by Samuel Marzioli

Harold Lewis entered the liquor store, a decrepit old space that was as dusty and unkempt as it was gaudy. Seasonal decorations lined scuffed and holed walls, along with advertisements featuring alcohol and scantily clad girls in semi–erotic poses. Far from an oddity, it was indicative of the kind of slum the Mars colony had […]


15
Mar

The Sin Collector By Sarina Dorie

“Have you any sins?” the old man’ creaky squeak of a voice largely went unheard in the chaos of the market. He shuffled his twisted frame past the basket makers and fruit venders, one hand on his cane, the other holding out his cup for money. “Penance for sale. Has anyone any sins for me?” […]


10
Mar

Without A Trace By Jeremy Szal

One minute my professor was ranting on about patterns of chemical dynamics. The next minute he disappeared. Poof. Gone. Vanished in the blink of an eye. It was the first time it happened. And it wouldn’t be the last. Everyone thought it was funny. Somehow our dour, lazy professor had pulled off a magic trick […]


8
Mar

From the Editor’s Lair by Jennifer Brozek

Speculate! is going strong. I’m seeing a lot of submissions, but I get the feeling that not everyone is reading the guidelines. All horror must have a clear supernatural element and I want stories of at least 4000 words. My poor slush reader is telling me slush pile horror stories. Try not to be one […]



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