December 2017. Issue 17.

Welcome to issue 17. Seventeen slick little stories. And here be monsters, heroes too, for balance, but can you tell which is which, the valiant from the vicious, before it is all too late…?Heroes and monsters are the dichotomy at the centre of so many stories, the partnered thump-thump heartbeat that drives the hot blood…

Soiled

by Shannon BellHe looks me up and down. “There’s beauty in dirt.”I don’t know what to say.His finger pokes painfully into my flesh. “There’s space for others in here.”I never know what to say.This self-proclaimed hero who promised to rescue me is a monster that devours me. He draws from people. Enters them. Snatches their…

Cure

by Dakota CanonI went to the doctor because the spirit inside me had died.“I can save you,” he said, his own hero. “We’ll have to cut it out.”“But how can I live with no spirit?”“It’s vestigial. Like your appendix. Lots of people lose their spirit. See?”He opened a cabinet filled with infected, grey lumps. “These…

Conquest

by Michelle VongkaysoneI wasted my life fighting that beast.Always elusive, preying on my weary flesh.Its presence provoked my deepest dread.All I wanted was to be free from it.I believed myself a hero, if only to slay it.I cared not for my meagre sanity.So long as the monster remained, so would my agony.Eventually, I confronted it,…

Trapped

by Rach ChappersBroken, I collapsed on the bed and tossed away the can. A decade of pretence lived in fear, years of assaults stripping my strength. Firstly, forgiving for love. Later, coping for the children. Nobody knew – convinced by his expert disguise. “Stop,” begged our children as teens. He smashed their faces with his fists…

Entwining

by Allen AshleyAt the labyrinth’s core, I clamp my bare hands around the beast’s neck. It’s his weak point: where bull head joins brawny human chest and shoulders. Still it takes all my strength to squeeze, wrench, hold on for dear life. And as I do, my mind is catapulted through the ether: visions from…

Chiselled

by Thomas DiehlOne careful hit and the stone chipped just the right way to make the perfect cleft in the hero’s chin. Nothing but perfection for Aeliseia’s employers. They said they wanted to be surrounded by the perfect beauty the gods had robbed them of. Why that required a blind sculptor, she did not know.…

Rescue

by Chad PlunkSir Adalbert heard of the awful flaming dragon threatening the village, causing trembling terror in the women and children, sowing nightmares of starvation from burned crops.Gleaming in mail, the knight on his charger trotted through the field, hooves crushing cabbages. He reached the ragged villagers and raised his helm.“I will save you stinking…

Home

by John XeroThe moonlit mist whirled in ragged, agitated eddies as Elijah stumbled onwards, a single word tolling through his mind:HomeA longing. An ache. An imperative.He walked through a vast, dark ribcage of shattered buildings.HomeYellow light lanced from an opening door.“Elijah! My God, man, you’re alive.”“David.”“It worked, Elijah. We’ve not seen the alien scum in…

Zero

by Gregory LloydAll around us, the ship is dying. Everything is on fire. There’s maybe one minute of life left for us, but our fight rages. The beast forces me to the iron walkway, crushing me with its sheer size. Its hands are huge serrated claws, seeking my throat as I writhe and struggle. With…

Glass

by Scott BeggsHe crouched on the hill a behemoth. Mud hugged his boots though it hadn’t rained in weeks, and an empty smile anchored his face. With the sun behind him, he was a dark mass on the horizon. An empty, breathing universe.The glass in his hand caught the light for a moment, creating a…

December Issue Open for Submissions

Submissions now closed.From now until November 12th we are open for submissions.101 Fiction runs on a quarterly cycle of themes and so far this year we’ve had gods, demons, and angels. So what’s left to complete the cycle in the darkest months of the year? The new theme is MONSTERS and HEROES. A little fire to…

September 2017. Issue 16.

Ready the prayer beads, crack open the hymn books and warm up the choir: the angels are coming. Welcome to issue 16, where our authors bring 15 different angles to their tiny angel tales.There are saviours, rebirths and salvation. Angels rising and falling. There is fire and fury, freedom and tragedy. Angels familiar and strange,…

Vacation

by Lia BurnhamShe paints blistering pox upon her skin. Cool drops of lighter fluid scatter across the instep of each foot. Dampened washcloth held aloft, salivating, her eyes widen as the lighter’s metallic rip ignites anointed spots. Toes curled, teeth clenched, she rides agony to climax before releasing the cloth. A nauseating sizzle and the…

Circus

by C.A.Kevyn, leather-suited son of the owner, threw a can into the glass-panelled box where Sacha lay. She sat over her heels and dipped a silver-skinned hand inside it.“Hide me that stump this time.”She watched him with red-glinting eyes while a coating of black oil travelled up her arm, across the single wing, and over…

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