“America is Coming!” by Dario Ciriello
“Nice day for the end of the world. Any sign yet?”
Salvatore’s voice at his side startled Peppino. A few moments ago his friend had been flat on his back on the scrubby ground with his right hand curled around an empty wine bottle, snoring gently. Peppino shook his head.
The two friends watched as the rising sun beat a familiar copper path on the tranquil sea, spilling warmth over the world. Across the gulf, beyond the mountainous headland silhouetted in the rising sun’s glare, the deserted capital of Palermo held its breath and waited for the end of history.
America was coming!
Dario Ciriello is a professional author and editor whose nonfiction book Aegean Dream, the bittersweet memoir of a year spent on the small Greek island of Skopelos (the actual Mamma Mia! island), was a UK travel bestseller in 2012 and has recently been published in Poland. His first novel, Sutherland’s Rules, a thriller with a shimmer of the fantastic, was published in February 2013. A collection of Dario’s short Science Fiction works, Free Verse and Other Stories, was released in June 2014. He is currently working on his second novel, another thriller.
Dario has also edited several novels as well as three critically-acclaimed anthologies for Panverse Publishing LLC (www.panversepublishing.com), of which he is the Executive Editor. He lives with his wife in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
“America is Coming!” is available for Kindle here.
“The Forest” by Kim Wilkins
My brother and I turned fifteen on the same day, but we are not twins.
His mother is my stepmother; his stepfather is my father. We were raised together from the age of seven. We squabbled over toys, mocked each other’s weaknesses, screamed red-faced that we hated each other in one moment and pored over comic books together the next. All this familiarity, however, was not proof against attraction.
My brother’s name is Hansel. On the day he turned fifteen, he was half-boy, half-man. He wore his hair long, and could almost be mistaken for a girl, except that his body had begun to change. His long limbs were becoming dense with muscle.
Kim Wilkins was born in London, and grew up by the seaside in Australia. She is the author of seven supernatural thriller novels for adults, five psychic crime stories for young adults, and five fantasy books for children. She has won Australia’s Aurealis Award four times, and has a PhD in writing. Her novels include The Infernal, Grimoire, The Resurrectionists, Angel of Ruin, and the Gina Champion Mystery series. Her most recent novels are Rosa and the Veil of Gold, Giants of the Frost, and The Autumn Castle.
Visit her official site Fantastic Thoughts.
Todd Flatland and Nikolle Doolin
Todd is many things: A lover, a fighter, a comedian, an actor, an improviser, and a film critic. Telling stories is one of his favorite things, so narration naturally felt like a fun and challenging enterprise. He lives in Idaho, and has been married to his amazing wife Kristie for 9 years.
Nikolle writes fiction, poetry, and plays. Her work has appeared in the Wilderness House Literary Review, Tales to Terrify, 3:AM Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, Flashshot, and the literary anthology Wilderness House Literary Review – The Best of Volume 3. Additionally, her stage plays have been presented in festivals.
Nikolle is also a voice actor who has performed for various media. She produces a podcast called Audio Literature Odyssey in which she narrates classic literature by the likes of Austen, Poe, James, and more. Furthermore, Nikolle has performed contemporary narrations for Tales to Terrify, Crime City Central, and The NoSleep Podcast.
She projects herself online at NikolleDoolin.com.
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