These thirteen strange stories will transport you to into worlds both unique and horrifyingly familiar. They range from a disco fairytale to a dystopian immigration office in space. What binds these horrors together is a humanity desperately seeking hope, only to find a seemingly endless pit of terror and cruelty. If it is not man being cruel to his fellow man then it is man's cruelty toward the natural world that brings to life vengeful and forgotten monsters.
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Science Fiction: Haus works for immigration of an earth orbiting promise land. The wealthy do not live on earth, which has been sliced into corporate monocultures necessary to feed those living off-world. Those that live on earth want to leave. Little does Haus know, but his efforts to help those still living on earth with their applications has put him in immediate danger.The Lily Pad
Urban Fantasy: Party! It is time to hit the clubs. A self-professed fairy-princess is dressed to kill and accompanied by her best-girls. However, this club isn't safe. It is run by a witch and haunted by a strange fly-eating creature.Running of the Cows
Action Adventure: A reporter covers the construction of the wall that separates The United States and Mexico. He was simply assigned to get a firsthand accounting of what it was like to stand guard; however, he gets much more as a stampede of cows is set against the wall.The First Super
Science Fiction: A gathering of aliens is underway. Dinner is being served, something special, something delicious.The Return of Melanoplus spretus
Horror: The North American Locust is back. Out of nowhere, a plague of locusts sweeps over Idaho. Perhaps, monocultures have provided the correct environmental conditions for their return. Regardless of the reason, they are hungry, and they stripping the land bare.A Tea Party
Urban Fantasy: The cover story. Dan is young and believes in the goodness of all people. He is desperate to have an adventure to tell around the school lunch table, a real adventure. Suddenly one night, a girl dressed in rags carrying a doll appears in his back yard. Dan is a good kid. His first instinct is to help; however, sometimes our first instincts are wrong - dead wrong.Tagger
Weird: A bike messenger working Down Town Minneapolis begins seeing strange tags, graffiti, on his turf. The markings are unlike any tag he has ever seen. They haunt his dreams until he must find the artist. However, somethings are better left alone.The Man Who Ejaculated Ovum
Science Fiction: What we put into nature has a way of coming back to haunt us in unexpected ways. An herbicide that is banned in every country expect The United States is suspected of altering the sex of male fish. So, what happens if human males eat to many of these contaminated fish? Biomagnification!
Historical Fiction: The United States had a spy who could have stopped the construction of the Berlin Wall. So, why didn't he?
Urban Fantasy: The self-professed fairy-princess is missing and the girl-friend entourage needs a new leader. How to decide? Should she be about looks, style, or something else?
Speculative Fiction: In the Garden of Eden, Adam plays a naming game. It seems that only Adam is gifted with the ability to name what he sees, and Eve is just plain tired of the playing.
Weird: A famous tattoo artist get his artistic inspiration from maddening dreams. While dreaming, he paint-walks the white walls of his studio and every morning he has his assistant paint them white again. However, his assistant has also been taking pictures of the walls before painting them, and those pictures are of an impossible landscape.
Science Fiction: To live forever. Is it a gift or a curse? A new designer drug is on the market for parents that allows them to choose how long their child will live. No one can live forever, but a new pill can push the human expiration date out by a hundred and fifty years. Of course their are cheaper options.