Free Fiction Monday: The Last Surviving Gondola Widow

In an alternate post-Civil War Chicago, the citizens still remember the day the Gondolas sent by the South died and the city burned—again. Lou, a Pinkerton detective, uses magic to hunt down the Gondola pilots, now called Gondola widows. She thought she caught them all. But when evidence comes to light that one last widow hides in the most public of places, Lou must find […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Echea

Sarah thinks she has the perfect family. She and her husband decide to share that perfection with Echea, an orphan from the Moon Wars. But after Sarah adopts Echea, she realizes that Echea has problems. Serious problems. Problems that might change Sarah’s entire family. Forever. A hauntingly unforgettable story about the choices parents must make for their children, “Echea” won the Asimov’s and Homer Readers’ […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Light in Whale Cove

Sheriff Dan Retsler finally believes in magic. His experiences in Whale Rock make magic impossible to ignore. But Retsler never signed up for magic, so he plans to leave Whale Rock. His successor arrives just as the ghosts return to the lighthouse. Now, he must train a newcomer in the dark side of Whale Rock, while making sure the terror entombed in the lighthouse won’t […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Thrill of the Hunt

Her family called her Hilda, before the war, before the Great Wulf murdered them all with his mind. Now the war has ended, leaving Europe in ruin, and the remaining Nazis have scattered. Hilda hunts them, but really, she hunts him. And thanks to an old friend, she has tracked him to Argentina. She should kill him, but she has doubts. She won’t know if […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Phantom

Stabbings mar the Dixon Theater’s reputation. No one knows who committed them or why. And they only happen on nights where soloists play classical music. Nights when the piano won’t tune. Nights when victims and witnesses see shadows in every corner. Martin owned the theater when the Phantom spilled the first victim’s blood across the stage. Now, he plans to unmask the killer once and […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Children of the Night

No one told Cammie about the children. She finds out on her sixth eradication. The fear in the little girl’s eyes, the horror at Cammie’s approach, brings on the dreams. She trained hard to become a vampire slayer, but now she questions everything. Her job, her motivations, even her own past. “Children of the Night” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Harvest

The almanac determines traditions in Kerry’s family. Only her granddaughter Amanda doesn’t want to follow the almanac. And if Amanda resists, then the power, hidden inside those traditions, might destroy her—and everyone she loves. Chosen as one of the best stories of the year, “Harvest” evokes the powerful force of family legacy. “Harvest” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Shadow Side

Dan Retsler left Oregon for a reason. He never planned to return. But something draws him to accept an interview for police chief in a small town near the Oregon Caves. After all, the caves call the mountains their home, not the coast, where Retsler still fights haunting memories of strange creatures. But he soon discovers that something lurks in the shadows of this mountain […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Dread Unlocks

In Los Angeles, everyone knows Ms. Tarbell dispels dread. She finds an amazing amount of it in that sunlight-filled city, but nothing like the unnamed horror she faces on her current case. This horror arrives in a van, along with cameras, an agenda, and the ability to change her life in awful, nasty, inconceivable ways. First written for a Lovecraft celebration, “Dread Unlocks” reveals the […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Spaceships in the Desert

Laurel helps many people who return from the desert shaken by what they’ve seen—or think they’ve seen. But Mark seems different. He listens to her, and he makes her obsession with finding the strange silver objects—and discovering their secrets—his own. But that obsession comes with a cost: one neither might want to pay. “Spaceships in the Desert” by New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is […]

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