Too Much Attention

“Ty!” whispered Drew. “It’s behind you. Whatever you do, don’t… turn… around!” Much like every other human being who had ever received such a directive,...

Epidemic Laboratory

A man in thick black robes had come for Louis Pasteur, his face concealed by a beaked leather mask, bearing tidings of death. “No luck,”...

Owl’s Insight

“Butch.” Butch Deuces didn’t like it, but he had no choice. The spirits hated being pestered for frequent favors, but how was he supposed to...

Bad Medicine

Lying there in her four-post bed, shivering, soaked in sweat, reeking and unkempt, Lillian Morgan could no longer remember a time in her life...

Tlaloc’s Furies

“Just as I thought,” said Smiling Frog. “The Ever-Triumphant Trail was too well-walked for them. They had to wait until she cut around Devil’s...

The Orphanage

Miss Willa Mae was way too strict. She said they could drape sheets off the top bunk to make their fort, but they couldn’t...

Somethin’ ‘Bout a Sword

October 18, 1877 Abram Grothe was a man of faith, a man of God, a man of peace. In a fight, his first instinct was...

The Shootin’ Life of Jessica Patchett

Sloane didn’t ask for identification when she heard the knock at the door — she knew it was Pancho from the way he walked...

The Ballad of Mario Crane, Part 3

They turned to look at me, each of them horrible in their own fashion, people who must wear masks to appear remotely human. In...

Opening Act

As Ivor Hawley walks, he stirs broken and heartless people into his wake, a comet of ill omen passing through and tearing a dark...