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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 […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 165 Valjeanne Jeffers and Ed Ahern

“The Sickness” by Valjeanne Jeffers (Originally published in Griots: Sisters of the Spear.) The Bini warriors crouched in the high grass of the savanna. They’d passed the Fula borders a mile back, and now were a hundred yards from the Adobe mud city. At the forefront they were armed with sword and shield, behind them the […]

Far Fetched Fables. No. 164 Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

“The Centaur’s Daughter” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Originally published in A cappella Zoo.) As a little girl I never understood my father’s night self. It’s hard to be a kid whose father is two people. He changed every day with the sky. I cried at sunrise. I had trouble sleeping. Still do, and I’ve had seventeen years […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 163 Douglas Smith

“Spirit Dance” by Douglas Smith (Originally published in Tesseracts 6, this work is the prequel story to Douglas’s novel The Wolf at the End of the World.) In the beginning of things, men were as animals and animals as men. — Cree legend Vera made a warding sign as I entered the store, my hound Gelert trailing […]

Far Fetched Fables No. 162 Michael Ezell

“Bones of a Righteous Man” by Michael Ezell (Originally published in Fantasy for Good.) — Has the life of a righteous man been taken? — We find that it has, Excellency. — And what shall become of the killer? — He shall carry the bones of the righteous man until their weight does cause his death. The […]

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