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Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 03/07/2015

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  1. Apex Magazine #70 – March 2015
  2. Clarkesworld Magazine #102 – March 2015
  3. Ideomancer #14.1
  4. SQ Mag #19
  5. Uncanny #3 – March / April 2015


Written – Flash

Written – Serialized


Audio – Radio Dramas

Audio – Serialized

Free eBooks – Science Fiction

Polaris by David Portlock
Ten interwoven tales of science fiction and horror.
[Science Fiction / Horror Collection – Amazon]

Tentacles: An Anthology
Four short science fiction stories of tentacle monster mayhem and destruction to keep you awake at night wondering if you’ve already been the next victim…
[Science Fiction Monster / Horror Anthology – Amazon]

The Forever Gate – Part One by Isaac Hooke
3740 A.D. The ice age has immobilized the world. Colossal walls seal off the cities from the uninhabitable Outside. Humanlike entities called “gols” run society, and force the humans to wear collars that block the innate powers mankind has evolved. One man rises up…
[Science Fantasy Novella – First of Series – Amazon | Kobo]

@GigaNotoSaurus: Bears Punching Bears! by Tracy Canfield
[Science Fiction – EPUB, MOBI – GigaNotoSaurus | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Free eBooks – Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian

Until Morning Comes (Carlie Simmons #1) by JT Sawyer
Secret Service Agent Carlie Simmons began her day surrounded by trusted colleagues in an inter-agency shooting competition in Tucson. It ended with a staggering body count as the world around her unraveled from a deadly virus. With her mission to extract the President’s daughter from the University of Arizona gone awry, she must choose between her sworn duties and her moral obligations to othersas the city is overtaken by roving packs of flesh-eating mutants. If she and her small group are to survive the night and find a way out of the ravaged city, she will have to summon all of her training, mental prowess, and tactical abilities.
[Post-Apocalyptic Novella – First of Series – Amazon]

Free eBooks – Cyberpunk

Bad Metal 01: Wrecked by Robert Black
In 2031, a viral pandemic swept the globe, indiscriminately devastating all forms of complex life. The human and animal populations were decimated within months. The developed nations of the world each blamed one another for releasing a bio-weapon, either out of malice or incompetence. In 2035, the world saw its first nuclear war.
The decade that followed saw the human race desperately trying to survive. A new generation inherited a world poisoned by nuclear and chemical weapons. Only with the aid of automatons – highly advanced robotic laborers – was mankind able to recover and begin to rebuild.
However, the automatons were not perfect. For years malfunctions had become more and more common. Units would shut down, or exhibit unusual behavior. In rare cases, automatons might endanger human life. And while some of these cases could be attributed to tampering or sabotage, the cause behind the vast majority remained a mystery.
In 2074, the City-State of Chicago in cooperation with The Company – which produced most of the world’s automatons – authorized the formation of “Wrecking Crews.” Part cop, part garbage man, the Wreckers would be responsible for dealing with the aberrant machines, and investigating the cause of their malfunctions.
Among the Wreckers, an automaton that attacks a human is referred to as “Bad Metal”.

[Cyberpunk Novella – First of Series – Amazon]

Free eBooks – Fantasy

Beautiful Beautiful (Once Upon a Time Today #1) by Heidi Garrett
Kerrin Mayham’s eye for beauty has shaped her life. Now a mother, she wants to teach her daughter that beauty can be both nourishing and treacherous. However, Mirabella is far too young to hear the truth of her mother’s hard-won knowledge, so Kerrin wraps a fantastical bedtime story of magic shoes, enchanted oak trees, witches, and sad kings around actual events.
As mother tells the story and daughter interjects, Kerrin can’t help but return to her past when she was at the pinnacle of her career as an independent film director. Seduced by a beautiful young predator, she takes a risk that puts her life in danger and shakes the core of her identity. Finally forced to ask the hard questions about the demons that drive her, Kerrin doesn’t flinch. Her honest answers deepen her experience of life–and her eye for beauty.

[New Adult Fairy Tale Novella – First of Series – Amazon]

Ben the Dragonborn (The Six Worlds #1) by Dianne Astle
There are very few people on earth who know the location of a mysterious school where heroes of the past train those who belong to the future.Ben Taylor only learns of the school’s true purpose when he is called into the Principal’s office. Miss Templeton gives him a simple test to see if he is a Chosen of the Guardian. That very day Ben is sent through a portal to a watery world of mermaids and monsters.“Has a mistake been made?” This is the question on everyone’s mind, including Ben’s. Ben’s only chance of success depends on discovering the secret of his own true self in a terrifying world where nightmares come to life.
[Middle Years Epic Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]

The Hall of the Wood by Scott Marlowe
Jerrick Bur returns to a home he does not recognize. The King’s Patrol has vanished. Their Hall stands empty. An invading army encroaches upon the fringes of the forest and folk whisper of a sitheri witch brewing evil from the darkest hollows.
Once a patroller, always a patroller, and so Jerrick is duty-bound to investigate. He is joined by Kayra Weslin, knight errant, and her chronicler, Holly, who go to answer a plea for help from nearby Homewood. Along with Murik Alon Rin’kres, an eslar sorcerer who harbors a secret purpose all his own, the four attempt to unravel the mystery of the missing patrollers. They soon find tales of their disappearance frighteningly untrue as they are forced to ally themselves with an evil far more deadly than any of the other adversaries facing them.

[Sword & Sorcery / Mystery Novel – Amazon]

@Beneath Ceaseless Skies: #168 – March 05, 2015
[Fantasy Magazine – EPUB, MOBI, PDF – Beneath Ceaseless Skies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords]

Free eBooks – Fantasy – Young Adult

The Breakers Code (Fixed Points #1) by Conner Kressley
Where were you when the world ended?
Three weeks shy of her seventeenth birthday, Cresta Karr wakes to find her world is falling apart. The necklace her father left her is mysteriously missing, a black sedan is stalking her and her friends, and her house is minutes away from exploding. To top it off, she finds out that Owen, the enigmatic, if slightly off-kilter guy of her dreams, is both not interested in going out with her and a superspy sent by a clandestine organization to keep tabs on her.
Turns out Cresta is the subject of a 500 year old prophecy, and if Owen and the other “Breakers” can’t find a way to circumvent the future before the sun comes up on her birthday, Cresta is destined to bring about the end of the world — something she’d rather not have on her college applications. That is, of course, if the gun-toting cult members piling onto her front porch don’t get to her first.
The countdown is on. Secrets will be revealed, relationships will be tested, prophecies will be fulfilled, and fate will fight free will in a battle so intense that it won’t end until the world itself does.
Happy birthday, Cresta.

[YA Paranormal Fantasy Novel – First of Series – Amazon]

Free eBooks – Fantasy – Paranormal and Romance

Dead Man’s Hand (Ace Stubble #1) by Richard Levesque
Zombies, werewolves, vampires, rival Bowie tribute bands, and conjoined twin mobsters…it’s all in a day’s work for Ace Stubble, a gritty lawyer whose clients are the undead and paranormal. Feeling a bit worn out, Ace just wants a vacation. But when a cute hacker with a big problem talks Ace into helping her out, he decides to call in some favors and be the good guy. It’s not long before he’s in deep trouble, and it’s going to take more than smooth talk and quick wits if he wants to get out of this bind in one piece.
[Paranormal Fantasy Novella – First of Series – Amazon]

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4 Comments on Free SF, Fantasy and Horror Fiction for 03/07/2015

  1. Kendall // March 7, 2015 at 5:10 pm //

    Thanks for the list! “Part 2” (no author) should be “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild (Part 2)” by Catherynne M. Valente, FYI.

  2. Hello! It’s a little late for this roundup, but I wanted to mention that the first issue of semipro zine I co-edit — The Sockdolager — went up on March 3rd. While we do offer an ebook version, the entirety of the magazine is also available to read online for free.

    A link, in case it’s helpful:

    Thank you for taking the time to put all of this together!

  3. Wow! This must have taken forever to compile! MUCH appreciated. This is super cool 🙂

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