The Spec Fic Authors Collective is branching out. We don't always write speculative fiction. This month, we have free stories from Simon Kewin (The Wrong Tom Jacks), Milo James Fowler (Beneath the Surface), and Lyndon Perry (writing as Garth Perry for thriller short, Drinking Games). Hope you enjoy this month's offerings.
Drinking Games by Garth Perry
A Nbonivoy/Rakowski Short Thriller
More Mentalist than Medium, Ava Jane Rakowski has finally accepted the fact that she can't speak with the dead. That doesn't stop her from using her paranormal gifts to help the living - especially those in desperate need. From finding missing persons to solving homicides, Rakowski is on the case.
With each success, however, comes unwanted attention. AJ knows it goes with the territory. The occasional nut job will propose marriage. An oddball stalker will make a fool of himself. But when she captures the attention of a serial killer known only as Carlton, that's when the real game begins.
This short thriller is 13,000 words (about 45 pages) and is available for free on Wednesday, September 25 for one day only at Amazon. (Only 99 cents otherwise, just in case you missed this promo.)
Twenty years after the end of the world, the earth is a desolate, alien place.
For Willard and his people, their bunker has provided everything they've needed over the past decades; but now it's time to strike out into the unknown and rebuild civilization.
The problem: Willard doesn't want to risk contamination on the surface, and so far, everyone who's left the bunker on a scouting mission has returned...changed.
5,000 words - Science Fiction / Horror
Originally appeared in the Arcane II anthology
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Ever since the city’s most dangerous crime boss put a price on his head, private investigator Charlie Madison has lived as an exile in Little Tokyo. But now an old friend and police sergeant has lured Madison back into the city to hunt down an invisible criminal—if he can.
As Madison makes his clandestine return, high-profile people start disappearing. And when federal agents swoop onto the scene to take matters into their own hands, they offer Madison a deal he can't refuse—as long as he agrees to work with them. With Japanese freedom fighters and refurbished killing machines threatening to take the world to the brink of nuclear holocaust, the United World government needs all the help it can get.
Embroiled in an unimaginable mystery, one private eye must rely on his wits to solve a case where the evidence is immaterial, and the odds are stacked high against him at every turn.
The Genehunter #1Simms is a genehunter, paid by megarich collectors to track down the DNA of the famous for their private zoos. He's employed to locate the genetic code of Tom Jacks. But not the rock star Tom Jacks, just an unknown namesake.
The Wrong Tom Jacks
The Wrong Tom Jacks
The job bugs Simms. Something about it is wrong. Someone is playing him. Problem is he doesn't know who or why. None of the illegal plug-in technology filling his brain is much damn use. The one person who can help him is an ex-lover, but she's also the one person on the planet who never wants to speak to him again.
The last thing he needs is Agent Ballard of the Genetic Monitoring Agency pulling him out of the jump network to interrogate him about someone he's never even heard of.
Someone called Boneyard...
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