Evernight

By Victor Milán The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. From the darkly brilliant imagination of Victor Milán, the novelette “Evernight” takes readers down to the depths of the Parisian catacombs. Candace Sessou is known to be many things: the ace known as The Darkness, a  skilled negotiator in theContinue reading Evernight

Our King and His Court

By Rich Larson Waiting outside El Tirano’s obsidian doors, Scipio looks down at the boy clinging to his blood-crusted hand. “¿Todo bien?” he asks. Mateo nods, face slack and vacant. Everything is not all right, of course. His small shoulders are hunched, his chin tucked to chest, his eyes glassed over with shock, fear, exhaustion.Continue reading Our King and His Court

Into the Gray

By Margaret Killjoy “You’re using me,” I said. “That might be true, but I also love you.” One is the Lady of the Waking Waters, an immortal mermaid. The other is a thief, who steals lives until a wish can be fulfilled, and a life-changing choice must be made. I only led the worst ofContinue reading Into the Gray

The Library of Lost Things

By Matthew Bright Welcome to the Library of Lost Things, where the shelves are stuffed with books that have fallen through the cracks—from volumes of lovelorn teenage poetry to famous works of literature long destroyed or lost. They’re all here, pulled from history and watched over by the Librarian, curated by the Collectors, nibbled onContinue reading The Library of Lost Things

Mental Diplopia

By Julianna Baggott There seems to be a strange new disease spreading around the world. People are getting stuck in the past in mostly happy memories. They are straddling the line between now and then. Although the disease ends in death, the infected seem to go willingly. The epidemiologist seeks the answers to this viralContinue reading Mental Diplopia

Bitter Grounds

By Neil Gaiman We hope you enjoy this reprint, which first appeared in the Mojo: Conjure Stories anthology and subsequently in the collection Fragile Things. 1. “Come back early or never come” In every way that counted, I was dead. Inside somewhere maybe I was screaming and weeping and howling like an animal, but that was another personContinue reading Bitter Grounds

The Guile

By Ian McDonald When an AI that monitors casino gambling in Reno taunts a magician by revealing all his tricks, the magician is determined to exact his revenge. Best trick I ever saw? A lanky streak-of-piss Dutchman did it right in front of my eyes. A ring, a watch, a wallet. Some covering patter aboutContinue reading The Guile

Recoveries

By Susan Palwick Two women who have been friends since they were children—one a recovering alcoholic brought up by parents who believe they’re alien abductees, the other an orphan with an eating disorder—contend with a secret that might doom their friendship. So here’s the thing. You’re scared shitless, because you know something heavy’s going downContinue reading Recoveries

The Need for Air

By Lettie Prell A mother. A son. A virtual world they both share where each could live forever and achieve their fullest potential. Until one of them decides that isn’t enough for life. The noon sun was programmed to perfection—warming but not scorching—and the light breeze refreshed as it rearranged Lake’s hair. The black sandContinue reading The Need for Air

His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light

By Mimi Mondal An act of compassion puts a trapeze master in India on a collision course with a terrifying supernatural power. I am not a fighter. I am a trapeze master. At the Majestic Oriental Circus, which had been my home for two years, I had climbed the ropes deft and fast, till IContinue reading His Footsteps, Through Darkness and Light