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Idle Thoughts

Posted November 28, 2014 By John C Wright

The fine folks at Apex & Abyss, Magazine of Speculative Fiction, just published my short story ‘Idle Thoughts’ which is a tale of telepathy and retaliation and justice and murder and why boys never call girls who call boys. You can see it here: The opening goes like this: I’m sorry that I smiled at him […]

5 Comments so far. Join the Conversation Intelligent compliments and intelligent criticism about JUDGE OF AGES from Mr. Oka. If there are two things Wright writes well, they are long action sequences, and humorous, intelligent dialogue. The Judge of Ages plays both of those strengths to the hilt. The first half of the book is a long action sequence, peppered with humorous, […]

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The Queen of the Tyrant Lizards

Posted November 4, 2014 By John C Wright

This story will appear for Epiphany in the upcoming anthology from Castalia House, THE BOOK OF FEASTS AND SEASONS. * * * There was no time. That is the first thing to remember. I did not know what was about to happen. That is the second thing to remember. Imagine a time line. Select a […]

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Pale Realms of Shade

Posted April 24, 2014 By John C Wright

1 It was not the being dead that I minded, it was the hours. No one ever calls me up during the day, and most people decide to wait until after midnight, for some reason.  I am a morning person, or was, so meetings in the still, dark hours lost between midnight and the dawn […]

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Time Shifters / Thrill Seekers

Posted March 23, 2014 By John C Wright

For those of you that might have heard a rumor of this and were curious, here is my movie: It is ‘mine’ only in the rather limited sense that my friend Kurt Inderbitzen (the executive producer) asked me for an idea for a time travel story, and I came up with the basic idea […]

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No Writer Save Flynn

Posted March 21, 2014 By John C Wright

A short story by a non-anonymous contributor: no writer, not even the accomplished Mike Flynn, can draw deep water from a shallow pond. Moonlight flashed off the still surface of the pond where the OFloinn stood hesitantly with the wooden bucket in hand. Full moon. He cast an eye about the woods and adjoining meadow […]

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A Glimpse of Somewhither

Posted October 31, 2013 By John C Wright

Dear readers, the claustrophobia of time has not allowed me the leisure to write a All Saint’s Day Eve story as is my wont, so instead I proffer for your reading entertainment the opening chapter of SOMEWHITHER, which should have enough elements of the eerie to serve for this day. The novel is unsold, unpublished, […]

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Descendants and Emulations

Posted October 10, 2013 By John C Wright

This is the original draft of Chapter One of THE HERMETIC MILLENNIA, which was cut for reasons of space and pacing. Usually, when I have to cut a scene, I do it with the merciless lack of regret that accompanies a battlefield surgeon doing triage, committing an amputation without morphine to save the patient. In […]

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Lunar Sacrament of Conciliation

Posted May 5, 2013 By John C Wright

As a treat for the readers of HERMETIC MILLENNIA, this is  a scene that was cut from the final manuscript for reasons of pacing and length, and because I changed to order of some events, but which I dearly wish I had been able to include in order to better establish a change of heart […]

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HERMETIC MILLENNIA Excerpt: Just Because It Made Me Laugh

Posted March 11, 2013 By John C Wright

I realize it is wrong on many levels for a writer to be amused by his own words, but keep in mind I don’t consider myself to have invented Mickey the Witch of Williamsburg, but rather to have discovered him from the Muse who whispered him to me. This is a scene from HERMETIC MILLENNIA […]

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