An Invisible War, Part I

An Invisible War, Part I

Chapter OneJune, 1633 1 Beulah MacDonald eased her spare frame into the padded leather chair in Dr. James Nichols' crowded office with a carefully hidden sigh of relief. Beulah, old girl, you're not up to those long hospital shifts anymore. A woman your age has no...
The Secret Book Of Zink

The Secret Book Of Zink

[We present to you for the first time translated into English, the remarkable and exciting news from Doctor Erasmus Faustus, as originally printed in the Fraenkische Wochenzeitung.] By vows to God and from pious reflection, this humble man offers to mankind the secret...
Just One Of Those Days

Just One Of Those Days

The day had begun badly for Matti. First, as his cavalry troop broke camp, one of the ties that was supposed to hold his bedroll on his saddle broke; and then the spare broke, too! So, by the time he finally got his gear stowed he had to join the rear of the column...
Bottom-Feeders

Bottom-Feeders

Freddy Genucci found the body lying on his front lawn. Freddy was a little shaken up. Some people might find that odd, since Freddy was a funeral director and was used to dead bodies. But his normal line of work didn't involve bodies leaking on his front lawn....
God’s Gifts

God’s Gifts

In the pages below I will try to relate my slow and torturous route to what I pray is a better understanding of God's will. My name is Steffan Schultheiss. I am not, and never have been, a particularly handsome nor, save from the pulpit, an imposing man. There, God's...
The Company Men

The Company Men

1 "I do not like dank dark forests, you arrogant English ass." Liam Donovan cursed as he ducked low on his horse to avoid being hit by a low branch. "I suppose you would be happier strolling down some gentle, sloping, Irish hill, heather in the air and all that?"...
EUTERPE, episode 1

EUTERPE, episode 1

Editor's note: Giacomo Carissimi and Girolamo Zenti are historical characters. They each gave important contributions to classic music. The first is considered the most important composer of the Roman baroque movement, an innovator of the era; the second was a...
Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born." —Antoine de Saint Exupery "Just perfect," Jesse muttered in disgust. "What was that, Herr Oberst?" Jesse jammed his hands into the pockets of his flying jacket...