Free Fiction Monday: After The Fall

43aff9be037ac7307e5cdb478385d0760d80981d-thumbPeter enjoys his solitary life in the Montana countryside. Higher mathematics, greater thought, sustain him more than companionship. But after a solitary walk along his isolated property’s borders results in a potentially deadly fall, he fights like hell to survive, knowing no one will come to rescue him. So, when he starts seeing things—seeing a creature he knows can’t exist—he grasps at his one chance for survival: believing in the impossible.

“After the Fall,” by World Fantasy award winner, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is available for free on this website for one week only. The story is available for $3.99 on Amazon, Smashwords, and in other e-bookstores.

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22 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: After The Fall”

  1. Ken Talley says:

    I’ve been reading your stories over the last few weeks and think they are just wonderful. I especially like the “Wendy” story of a couple of weeks ago, but this story was excellent as well. A nice primer on storytelling; I’m learning a lot. A question: You’re sending these out free each week, then what? Are they selling as e-books? Are you going to collect them into one book? Just curious. I’ve got two of your novels (A Dangerous Road and Bleed Through) in my stack of books to read. After reading your shorts, I’ve decided to move your novels to the top of the pile! Good work!

    • Thank you, Ken.

      I publish the e-book shorts, and plan to put them in collections. I have several collections, and I’ll be doing many more. I got behind last year. 🙂 There are too many shorts to put in one collection. So far, I’ve had a different free fiction story on this blog every week since November of 2010. 🙂 (Which freaks me out a bit, I have to tell you.)

      • Ken Talley says:

        I’m impressed (and jealous)of your production. So tell me, how do you space the shorts along with your novels? Are you writing both at the same time? Write a bunch of shorts between novels? (I’m not going to ask how the fiction gets squeezed in with your fantastic blog posts!)

        • I write for a lot of anthologies, because they come with deadlines, and they challenge me to write something I wouldn’t normally think of. I also write between novels, and I write stories that explore worlds of the novel rather than writing a dry nonfiction bible. I do about 3-5K of new words per day, which leads to quite a bit of production over time. (30 years. Jeez.) So that’s pretty much how I do it. Mostly, I don’t think about it.

  2. Robin Brande says:

    I had the same experience as Roland: I’m supposed to be doing something else now, but got hooked and couldn’t stop reading. This story is a WOW, Kris. So glad I read it! Now back to what I was supposed to be doing, which was packing for a trip to the mountains with my dogs. Funny how that works…

  3. Angie says:

    I love this story — wonderful twist. 🙂


  4. Brilliant: Meant to be working on editing deadline so flicking through blogs BUT with yours couldn’t stop reading. Hooked mesmerized transported, whatever. Even had tears by the end. Now I have to read everything you’ve written.

  5. Incredible! Wish I could say something more intelligent than wow. But… wow!

  6. Steven Davis says:

    What a story! Almost perfect. As a mathematician, I was curious what kind of mathematician he was. Do check out “A Mathematician’s Apology” – it is short and gives a real feel of a pure math guy.

    • Thank you, Steven. My dad was a mathematics professor, so I grew up around math. But this guy’s specialty? I deliberately avoided it so I wouldn’t get it wrong. I ‘ll check out the story you mentioned.

  7. Barbara Creaghe says:

    That was wonderful … thank you 🙂

  8. Jacintha says:

    Oh, this is wonderful! So lyrical.

  9. Dafaolta says:

    Nicely played. Love the dog’s name. It’s good to recognize our communion with and responsibility for our companion animals. They play such an important role in keeping us grounded. Peter kind of falls into grace here, saving Pythagoras. I liked this one a lot because of the twist, the pictures were unexpected.

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