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This week I share the third of sixteen stories from my next release Love Scenes From the Black Market, a dark anthology.
This week’s snippet is the opening 8 sentences from Pillars, a speculative science fiction tale about a world torn apart by mysterious pillars of flame that burned up from out of the earth. Those pillars brought strange visitors in their wake, and have indelibly changed the lives of everyone.
Something burned in the distance.
Del looked out the window and watched as light from the blaze turned the night red. They hadn’t seen the fires in months, but the timing was right — there had been some hope, back when it seemed the pillars only appeared in densely populated areas, that if people scattered, returned to the country and took on a more rural existence, that maybe the fires would just stop, but of course that hadn’t happened, and now there weren’t any densely populated areas, but that hadn’t stopped the pillars of flame. There was still some debate as to whether they were intelligent phenomena or more random, like lightning strikes, but ultimately it hadn’t mattered.
“It’s okay, Eli,” Del said as his son came into the room, his hair disheveled and his eyes wide with alarm. The living room was crowded and quiet, time-frozen in the orange-red light of the distant blaze, and shadows of farmer figurines on the mantle stretched like monsters across the wooden floor. “Go back to bed.”
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