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A Dream

A Dream

This story is a small project I undertook after completing NaNoWriMo 2017. I went through my list of ideas and found one about someone living in a spacecraft. This story was born.

A Dream takes place in my science-fiction setting of Garadia and although it stands well on its own, it has references to all my other stories in this setting: Logbox, A Friend and Deficiency.

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Red Stars

Red Stars

In February 2021, I was asked by Allan Hudson of the South Branch Scribbler to contribute to an upcoming anthology on the theme of autumn. I accepted and started working on this story, which takes place some time before the events of Deficiency and introduces us to one of the characters.

Red Stars is now available in Autumn Paths: An Anthology.

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Fog

Fog

Prepare to experience a fast, intense read, one that takes you on a journey past the physical. When a lost cellphone arrives at the headquarters of a secret organization, nobody anticipates it becoming a haunting mystery, but after discovering a series of eerie recordings, detailing a lurking figure stalking the phone’s owner, terrestrial explanations take a backseat to the supernatural.

Inspired by the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, author S.C. Eston causes the mind to question, shift, and arrive at what feels like a plausible yet impossible conclusion.

- Written by Brooks Kohler

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A Friend

A Friend

In the wastelands known as the Black Metallic Sea, a lone young girl wants nothing more than a friend. As she fights to survive, she comes to learn that friends are rare, and that the best of friends may not be the ones she expects.

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The Matriarch's Remedy

The Matriarch's Remedy

Izera has lost everything; her brother, her father and her mother. Only her grandmother remains. Be even the matriarch of the family will not live forever.

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Zanathu

Zanathu

Senility forced a wizard into retirement, sending him back to his parents' house in the small village of Xil. Life in Xil has nothing to offer and the old man decides to give nothing in return. He trudges along, one day at a time, trying his hardest to make things difficult for everyone around, including his daughter and grandson living with him. He is comfortable in his unhappiness. It seems nothing can shake him, until a disaster hit and pulls the ground from under his feet.

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Logbox

Logbox

In the system of Garadia, undesired individuals are captured, convicted and sent to work on the asteroids to serve their sentence. There, they are given the promise of freedom: once their service is completed, they will be liberated and allowed to go back to their home and start life anew.

Nethu is the last of his family to be taken. Since none of his siblings ever returned, he fosters no false hope of ever escaping the asteroids. Instead, he settles in an endless routine of daily hell, knowing nothing will ever change.

Yet, one day, a new prisoner arrives. She is different and brings with her a refreshing wind of optimism. Against his better judgement, Nethu befriends her and eventually accepts a strange gift from her: a logbox.


Logbox is available in Just a Minor Malfunction... Issue #5.

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Emptiness

Emptiness

Standing alone in front of time, a woman reflects on life, its significance and what comes next.

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Lake

Lake

The west is a world totally unknown to those of the east.

When approached separately to embark on a mission to deliver an important message to a man known as Altarus who lives far into the west, two strangers reluctantly accept. Just when they start to trust each other, they reach an isolated lake.

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