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Far Fetched Fables No. 96 Weston Ochse, Molly Flynn, and Amy H. Sturgis

March 1, 2016 by Gary Dowell

Flash Fiction: “Daddy’s Glasses” by Molly Flynn
(Originally published at Every Day Fiction.)

I peer into my drawer of glasses, deciding, and empty eyes stare back. Most people don’t notice the images pressed into the lenses, like the negatives of old photographs, but Daddy and I do. He keeps his glasses in the garage, but I’m not allowed in there.

I select my pink ones with scratches on the lenses and Hello Kitty printed on the arms. They creak as I force them to fit and the plastic presses into my skin, but the memories are worth it. While Mummy watches TV, I watch snippets of old time imprinted in the glass.

Molly Flynn is a writer from Lincolnshire, UK, and is currently studying a BA in English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is a part-time artist, writer, and procrastinator, and is seeking representation for her first novel.

A Look Back at Genre History with Amy H. Sturgis: “The Demon of Brockenheim; or The Enchanted Ring” by Anonymous (part one)

Amy H. Sturgis holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual History and specializes in the fields of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Native American Studies. She lives with her husband, Dr. Larry M. Hall, in the foothills of North Carolina, USA. She can be found online at amyhsturgis.com.

A pdf copy of “The Demon of Brockenheim” is available on Amy’s blog.

Main Story: “American Golem” by Weston Ochse

(Originally published in Operation Arcana, published by Baen Books and edited by John Joseph Adams. Also available at Audible.com.)

On Tuesday, I stalked the old section of Kabul where the minarets stand impervious to the constant bombings. Men halted their chatter and peered at me as if they knew what I was about. Women sheathed in powder blue burqas hurried away. Even children scattered as I limped through their gaggles, worried at what seemed to be a white man trolling through their midst, his face wrapped in a black and white shemagh, body clothed in Pashtun long shirt and pants, but unmistakably American to those who would know the difference.

I ignored them. Purpose-­made, I was on mission to kill the man who’d killed my brother. Not my real brother, of course, but the one from whom my existence derived. He, the child of Shira and Emil Drachamn, me the man raised from the mud and sand of New Mexico — ­­land of his birth, land of my birth, and the land where he was buried on the same day I was born.

Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss in being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, the New York Post, the Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military-supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned for a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci-fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers in peacetime and at war.

He blogs at Blogspot and can also be found online at westonochse.com.

About the Narrators:

Lauren Swan Edwards has made a name for herself on the operatic and concert stages as a “capitivating young mezzo-soprano with serious chops”. She is a District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Award and a first-place District Winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently resides in Leipzig, Germany.

She can be found online at laurenedwardsmusic.com.

Eric Luke is the screenwriter of the Joe Dante film Explorers, which is currently in development as a remake, the comic books Ghost and Wonder Woman, and wrote and directed the Not Quite Human films for Disney TV. His current project, Interference, a meta horror audiobook about an audiobook… that kills, is now available on Audible.com.

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