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Twenty-two brief stories that you’ll read in a flash, but remember for ages. From fantastical tales of demons, zombies and doppelgangers to serious and silly looks at loss, relationships and personal struggle.

Included in this collection:
Does It Count as Cheating?
Overheard on the Stairs
A Devastating Combination
Rising with the Dawn
Fingers in the Shadows
Dawn and Dusk
Grow Some More Flesh
Salt in the Wound
Must Sell By Midnight
The Bedfellow
Spell to Bring a Lover Back
Spilling Salt
Drum Shopping
Just a Stage
Outnumbered on a Friday Night
Shooting Free Throws
Just Yet
Running Away Shoes
Safe Word
First Steps
Clint’s Barroom Brawl
Ask the Cats

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Summoning the dead can ruin more than your life.

Harrison enjoys a picnic lunch with the love of his life until she asks the wrong question. Now Harrison must confess that the dead leave their graves for him. Can their relationship survive the truth about his deepest secret? And if it does, can Harrison handle learning that Sheila has a secret of her own?

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Ten years the war with Volsapta has raged on. Too long has Filya the averner been forced to scout when he should be tending horses. Filya sees an easy answer – desert and flee south. But scouting with him is Sir Pytor, who puts honor and loyalty ahead of worries about a mad king.
Now Filya finds his chance to escape while Pyotr struggles with a bridge guardian. But if he does so, Sir Pyotr faces capture at least, death at worst. Unless Filya can find a way to save them both…

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Exhausted, starving, and out of magic: a terrible way to meet your assassin.

When Terlik’s horse wanders off at the end of a rare long day’s ride, Terlik barely manages a spell to find his steed. Unfortunately he also finds the warrior sent to kill him. She holds secrets and regrets, but clings to her honor: she took the money and Terlik will die – unless he can find his way out of his Bind by the River.


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From the mind of Stefon Mears comes a collection of fantasy short stories about legendary creatures, mighty wizards, failed apprentices, fell gods, and determined warriors.

Includes “Drinking and Conjuring Don’t Mix,” “Hunt for a New Life,” “Betting on a Legend,” Writers of the Future honorable mention designee “The Curse of Valassa,” and Writers of the Future semi-finalist, “Not That Kind of Wizard.”

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Not all legends are monstrous…

After failing as an apprentice wizard, the Count’s second son dreads his options: priesthood or the king’s wars. But when he spies in the forest a creature out of legend, he plans to trap it – a bride price fit for the crown princess and a better fate than he dares hope for.

The hunt takes him deeper into the forest, and brings him face to face with something greater than hope: destiny.

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Execution by Promotion?
 
Take a small team of soldiers and escort an old man behind enemy lines? Yes, the team includes the legendary warrior Lunn, but Harkin’s “promotion” still sounds like a suicide mission.
Only a wizard would merit the risk. But this “wizard” acts like a simpleton. Slow pace, small smiles, refusing every request for spells.
Only thing worse than this mission? Seeing the wizard in action.
Not That Kind of Wizard, a high fantasy adventure short story of magic and war, of great heroes, and men thrust into circumstances they cannot comprehend. From Stefon Mears, author of Half a Wizard, Twice Against the Dragon and With a Broken Sword.

 

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When you bet on a legend, even winning carries a steep cost.

On the strength of a brief glance, a timberman bets that he saw the local legendary monster. But the bets spiral out of control, and now he must lead three friends to find proof or face social and financial ruin. Worse, the supernatural truth he finds might destroy his town’s way of life.

 

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Jeff had his best day of summer vacation come to an abrupt halt: the accident. Now no more soccer, no more bike tag, no more fun, but he doesn’t understand why. Perhaps re-living the day will help…

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Hold my ancient tome and watch this…
 
Only Perry would bind a familiar spirit into a chalkboard. And only Perry would try to impress a friend by conjuring while drunk.
That spirit runs loose in the city now. Perry and his friend, both wizards, must trap it before it unleashes havoc.
Time runs short. Once it adapts to this world it will summon its kin…
Drinking and Conjuring Don’t Mix, a lighthearted fantasy short story about the problems caused by drunken wizards. From Stefon Mears, author of Twice Against the Dragon and With a Broken Sword.

 

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The Pestilence, god of plagues, curses a small village. His dire priest ruins the fields, fouls the water, and transforms innocent villagers into rancid ghouls who crave human flesh.

Enter two farmers, displaced by years spent fighting their baron’s war. They escort a priest of the Green Lord who might cure the village, if they can first brave the afflicted and overcome the deadly plague master.

Can this unlikely trio save the village without destroying it? Or will they, like the villagers, succumb to The Curse of Valassa?

The Curse of Valassa received Honorable Mention in the fourth quarter of the 2012 Writers of the Future contest.


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