Michael Carychao

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Griefworm

Once upon a time there was a long, grey, two-headed worm. It poked out one head in one town and stuck out its other head in the next town over. It let insects march through its fibrous belly, a...

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Strong Toad and Cherufe

Cherufe, a snake-like fusion of rock and magma, slithers out of the Mapuche mythology of south-central Chile, undulates in the bedrock, and triggers volcanic eruptions. His frightful signature is...

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Frog Wild

Crick, crack. Walliput, weeliput. Hickity-honkity, dew, dew, dew. "Bit early, don’t you think?" "No, not really, not what with the rain." In the belly of the swamp, across acres of moor, men lined...

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Murder by Breath

You’ve never seen a guy molt junk like my buddy Kyle Drange. The husks of his inventions cluttered every corner of the frat house. To get to any room, porch to attic, you had to suck in your gut,...

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Ex Libris

Read on Kindle. Time. While other caretakers set their tomes on the carrousel for repairs and hastened back to the archives, I lingered to advance my forbidden text one word more. Metallic shells...

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Coalberry

Read on Kindle. Dalia's Hope wakes me and I roll into the shower to scrub off the ride while getting my first look at the system. It's a three planet deal. Intimidating gas giants spread evenly...

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Tenderwire

Read on Kindle. Zella uncorked her brow and drew out her thread with the slow, sure elegance of a spider unspooling silk. Gossamer windings hung driftless in the bunker's stale air, too light to...

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Sway

Read on Kindle. Once upon a time, on a cloudless day, a cloud appeared over the pine tree in the yard. It wasn't smoke or steam. It wasn't mist. It wasn't fog. A cloud rested on the tree like an...

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Chrome City Downs

Read on Kindle. Kid Carbon's steps rang out as he descended through a vertical maze of neon signage. The anonymous shadows of the Downs wrapped around him like a cold coat of armor. "Going...

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Mirage of Genzite

Read on Kindle. The looming of Oasis filled the viewport. Only a thousandth of it could be seen from this approach, but what there was glittered against the Darkstar Sea with bright promise. After...

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Shellbreaker

Read on Kindle. The spectrum bled. Tomas shifted through indigo into a bloom of vermillion that spread from the void with fractal resolution. He scattered, re-invented his form and coalesced...

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Oro Grande

Read on Kindle. A rhino ran me down. That was my first thought as I struggled to stand, brushing street grease off my palms onto my jeans. A sharp ache spread from a point at the back of my head....

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Monster Time

1 is the monster under the bed 2 are the monsters inside my head 3 are the pounds of blood I must pay 4 the four-headed Kakklekee to move from my way 5 are the creatures that follow my trail 6 are...

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