THE DIVINE WRAITH: Robert Butt
One of the robed men thunders, “REAVERS, ATTACK!” He and his partners surround the Divine Wraith, demons circling overhead. “If this must be,” the Wraith says defiantly, “Let it be now!”
THE CEREBUS CLAN: THE TOLL: Ken JanssensJoe tried not to think of these things. For now, he had a purpose, a legacy... maybe even a destiny. It might be scary but it was time to head into the Gateway—into the dark cave. There were things he needed to understand.
THE ADVENTURE OF THE BEASTLY CONCUBINES: Joshua ReynoldsSternberg crashed into the concubine, first slapping the gun aside, then his big hands were scrabbling for her throat. She howled and fell back, and Sternberg went flying out the door.
PERRY LELL: A DAY IN THE DEATH OF A GIRL: Megan SmithFeet. Pounding the pavement. Sweat. Wetting the brow. Adrenaline. Pulsing blood through the ears.
WYLDE WORLD: IN THE BEGINNING: Lee Houston, Jr.The beast was clearly angry, evidenced by its fiery red eyes and the loud snarl coming from a mouth full of sharp teeth. The large head swiveled and glared down at us, the eyes glowing as it drooled at the sight of two potential kills side by side. “I guess it’s not happy that we aren’t tied up and helpless,” I said uneasily.
MR. BRASS AND THE SPAWN OF FRANKENSTEIN * Joshua ReynoldsHer name had been Marietta Conklin. A forgettable, plain woman who spent five years of her life practicing to be that way. She was a Pinkerton, an agent of the United States government, and she was dead.
THE SORCEROR’S GHOST: Sean EllisThe Sorcerer raised his fist, pointing the barrel of his pistol at the other man’s chest, while the two British aces circled around to stand behind him. “I saved your life, Wyatt. I saved it the first day you flew for me and I saved it two days ago… and this is how you repay that debt?”
THE GIRL WITH THE PHANTOM EYES: A SOVEREIGN CITY STORY: Barry Reese“Has he tried the police?”
“Yes. But they think he should be sent to the loony
“And why is that?”
“The girl he’s looking for – she has glowing eyes.”
WHAT IS THE FATE OF GARY WOOTEN? - III: Fuller Bumpers and John Palmer IV - “In our nature, however, there is a provision, alike marvelous and merciful, that the sufferer should never know the intensity of what he endures by its present torture, but chiefly by the pang that rankles after it.- N.H.S.L.”
PRO SE PREVIEWS: AYM GERONIMO AND THE POSTMODERN PIONEERS - TALL TALES: John Morgan Neal, Todd Fox and Sarah Beach
THE ONE TRUE GUIDEBOOK TO THE VARIED ADVENTURES OF PECULIAR ODDFELLOW: Achilles Pater“It was a Peculiar day to be introduced to the world. Even for an Oddfellow.”