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Far Fetched Fables No. 170 Dennis Mombauer

“The Breeding Dust” by Dennis Mombauer (Originally published in Outliers of Speculative Fiction.) Silent, angular houses with white plaster, a sand-suffocated well and a couple of stunted palms huddled together on the low ground, a once bustling city that only the ghostly desert wind inhabited now. The sun gleamed down without mercy, hanging in the sky as […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 169 Michelle Ann King

“Where There’s Magic” by Michelle Ann King (Originally published in Kaleidotrope, April 2016.) The witch had a favourite saying: where there’s life, there’s magic. There was a second part — where there’s magic, there’s death — but she usually kept that to herself. She placed the newborn into the father’s arms. He gazed upon the babe with […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 168 Robert J. Santa and Tonya Liburd

“Princess Lily’s Wedding” by Robert J. Santa (Originally published in Blood, Blade & Thruster.) “I love him, Daddy!” King Frederick breathed deeply. It had been a very long conversation with his youngest child, punctuated by much pouting and exasperated sighing and stomping of pretty feet. Frederick stood over her while she held her face in her […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 167 Alter S. Reiss

“By Appointment to the Throne” by Alter S. Reiss (Originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #155.) Getting up early enough to open a kitchen hurts. Leaving a warm bed before second watch makes your head ache, and you can feel the chill going from the cobbles through your feet and into your soul. When it’s wet on […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 166 Scott Huggins

“Phoenix for the Amateur Chef” by Scott Huggins (Originally published in Sword and Sorceress 30.) The phoenix fell. Its sobbing death cry silenced by a coat of ravening flame, it corkscrewed to earth, bleeding dirty white fire across the dusk. What struck the cliff face above our heads was a ball of charred meat. We ducked the […]

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