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WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS: Love Scenes From the Black Market (Pillars)

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This week I share the third of sixteen stories from my next release Love Scenes From the Black Marketa 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.

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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.

“Dad?”

“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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Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!

18 Comments

  1. Kim Magennis

    Very scary, Steven. Can’t wait to read more!

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  2. Monica Enderle Pierce

    Gawd, I love your imagination and your descriptions. This is chilling and I just want to hug that boy. I agree with Kim, scary stuff!

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    • Steven

      Thank you, Monica! And Eli will definitely need a hug before it’s all over.

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  3. Paula Millhouse

    Chilling. What’s behind the pillars stamping out civilization? Pushing people into the woods? I don’t know if Eli’s going to be able to go back to sleep. Great snippet, Steven.

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    • Steven

      Thanks, Paula! You hit on the central mysteries of the story!

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  4. Christina Ochs

    Chilling. There’s something nightmare-inducing about this scenario. If I were Eli, I wouldn’t go back to sleep.

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    • Steven

      Thanks, Christina!

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  5. Teresa Cypher

    Christina is spot on. The strange shadows that flames cause–they are nightmarish! Excellent–as always, Steven. You are the master of descriptive writing.

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    • Steven

      Why thank you, Teresa!

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  6. veronicascott

    Wow, intriguing and scary as always. I love the detail about the shadows of the figurines. Your details are always so amazing! Excellent excerpt. Can’t wait to have this book on my kindle because each story has been so intriguing in a different way.

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    • Steven

      Thanks so much, Veronica!

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  7. S. A. Hoag

    That doesn’t bode well for humans. I enjoyed the snippet and wonder what’s next.

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  8. amybraunauthor

    Wow… I mean… Wow. I can’t get over how incredible your writing is. Seriously, amazing work. 😀

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    • Steven

      Awww, thanks a ton, Amy! =D

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  9. Ed Hoornaert

    Like the kid’s going to be able to go back to sleep after this. It’s a lot harder for the pillars of flame to strike near everyone once people have scattered to the countryside — it’s their bad luck to be near one of the strikes.

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    • Steven

      You said it, Ed. Del can’t even comprehend what sort of trouble lies in store because of those fires.

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