Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 9/19/2013

Today’s post includes some slow-roasted and succulently-seasoned links from Dave Tackett’s QuasarDragon.

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  1. Nightmare has a horror story from C. S. McMullen

    The walls were filled with ants—a seething, burrowing mass of them.

    “Come in, come in!” the man said, sitting like a god in the middle of the room, grinning at me through broken teeth. He levered himself out of his chair, breathing heavily, and then tottered over to the wall and pressed hard against it. Under his hand, ants scurried frantically through their tunnels. “It’s quite safe. Two solid sheets of Perspex, each over an inch thick, layered over the original house’s walls. They’ve got a gap of about four inches between them, for the dirt, but the whole thing is completely sealed. There’s no chance of them escaping.”

    – “The Nest”

  2. Tor has a fantasy story from Beth Bernobich

    I stood before the brick archway that marked the entry into the University Quarter. Narrow stone-paved lanes unraveled before me, like a skein of thread tossed haphazardly over the riverbanks. I was sweating in the thick heat of late summer. All the residents and students had vanished withindoors, and a deep quiet overlaid the district, broken only by a faint trill from the nearby Gallenz River. Ancient houses and lecture halls, built from rust-colored brick and gray stone, hid the river itself from my view, but a rank scent of mud and water hung in the air, as clear as any marker on a map.

    My carrier cart had already departed, leaving behind my trunk of clothing and books, as well as myself. My haversack with my personal papers and letters of credit lay at my feet. Of course I had directions from our agent, telling me the best route to my destination, together with the instructions I needed for this next and vital step. But what I remembered the clearest were my sister’s words.

    Pretend to trust them, she’d said, and they will believe you. They’ve all turned complacent, living here in the heart of the Empire. Even those from the outer provinces.

    – “Thief of War”

  3. Every Photo Tells has a science fiction audio story from A.F. Grappin

Written

Written – Flash

Written – Micro

  • @MicroSFF:

    With the dragon slain, the knight sent his squire to fetch its eggs. He had a forge prepared for them, to ensure employment for his own son.
    (via twitter)

Written – Serialized

  • @HiLobrow: The Zayat Kiss by Sax Rohmer – Part 2 of 6 [Science Fiction – from 1912]

Audio

Free eBooks (at time of listing)

Free Audiobooks

  • @LibriVox: The Wonder Clock by Howard Pyle
    [Children’s Fairy Tales – From 1887]

Excerpts

  • @Gollancz: Excerpt from The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch – Prologue
    [Epic Fantasy Novel – Pre-Order Here]
  • @Tor: Excerpt from The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu – Chapter One
    [Science Fiction Adventure Novel – Pre-Order Here]

For Post-Apocalyptic Lovers: The Post Apocalyptic Link Roundup for 9/19/2013

And For Writers: Speculative Fiction Writing Wroundup for 9/19/2013