Wednesday Prompt Smash: The book of stars

Prompt: The book of stars Word Limit: 200 words Marni was not a good apprentice, and nobody was shy about telling her this. It ruffled her feathers something shocking when the older apprentices voiced their disdain, loudly and within earshot.  She wanted to curse the whole Tower, wanted to scream at the Book of Stars … Continue reading Wednesday Prompt Smash: The book of stars

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Dealt in Sin by Sasha Hanton (SNEAK PEEK)

A little sneak peek of my story Dealt in Sin! Very excited for this anthology and honoured to be one of the 16 authors featured.

Aussie Speculative Fiction

SNEAK PEEK at a story from our upcoming anthology.

Dealt in Sin by Sasha Hanton

The heady smell of lavender choked the air. Shadows danced across the walls, twisting with the flicker of candlelight. Morgan sat in the centre of the room, her burgundy hair tumbling over her shoulders and creating a veil over her face.

She had agonised over every little detail in her preparation and it had taken days of planning to acquire the resources for the ritual. The thick white chalk lines alone had taken over a day to correctly mark on the cement floor. Twisted words rolled off her tongue as she started with a whisper, slowly raising her voice. Her eyes were closed, the strain of keeping them that way but a small price to pay if this worked. She felt a breeze surrounding her, heard the low whistle piercing the silence and sensed—deep in…

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Saturday Word of the Day: Conurbation

*Conurbation: an extensive urban area resulting from the expansion of several cities or towns so that they coalesce but usually retain their separate identities. "Hey, do you think Darwin counts as a conurbation? You know with Palmerston and stuff?" "I have no idea, I'd need an example of a conurbation to compare." "Oh, ok." -END- … Continue reading Saturday Word of the Day: Conurbation

Wednesday Prompt Smash: Pay with a secret

Prompt: Pay with a secret Word Limit: 250 words The floors creaked underfoot as I entered. It appeared as if nobody had been here in a long time. Necromancy was technically illegal, but there were always ways to get around magic laws. Dead Man, they called him, a shady peddler of the necromantic arts. If … Continue reading Wednesday Prompt Smash: Pay with a secret

Wednesday Prompt Smash: Unknowable Presence

Prompt: Unknowable Presence Word Limit: 200 words There’d always been something strange about the town, some sort of invisible fog hanging over it. Residents weren’t particularly concerned about it but visitors to the sleepy town often felt unnerved, as if they were being watched from the shadows. The odd foreboding feeling of being followed deterred … Continue reading Wednesday Prompt Smash: Unknowable Presence

Wednesday Prompt Smash: High Rise

Prompt: High Rise Word Limit: 200 words Mars was changing, had been changing for the past fifty years. Kit was tired of change, why did everything have to change? The scuff of red soil left notable stains on Kit’s shoes but he didn’t mind, out on the outskirts was the last part of Mars City … Continue reading Wednesday Prompt Smash: High Rise

Saturday Word of the Day: Necropolis

A/N: I really wanted to write more for this today but it's been a stressful day as my dog has had some problems eating. So, yeah, unfortunately, this piece ends a little abruptly. *Necropolis: a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city. “Artemisia, where are you going?” “We’re not supposed … Continue reading Saturday Word of the Day: Necropolis

Wednesday Prompt Smash: The Rainbow Reef

Prompt: The Rainbow Reef Word Limit: 225 words Underwater everything was meant to come easy, it was the natural order of things. But nothing came easy to Layla, she couldn’t swim straight and was constantly getting tangled up in seaweed. Her siblings all seemed to glide through life, effortlessly turning and looping through the water. … Continue reading Wednesday Prompt Smash: The Rainbow Reef