Please consider voting for me, Josh Schlossberg, in the Bards and Sages Quarterly Reader’s Choice Awards!
Just CLICK HERE, scroll down to the July 2017 issue, and click on my name!
The author with the most votes per issue will have his or her short story reprinted in a “Best Of” compilation.
If you’re feeling really generous, scroll down to the bottom of the page and vote for me as the Bards and Sages Quarterly author of the year. Thanks!
Josh Schlossberg’s short story, “Drain” leads off the July 2017 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, along with 16 other speculative fiction authors’ amazing tales!
As I lay in bed, leafing through my old hardcover copy of Talking to Heaven, I felt a tickle on my wrist. Some sort of beetle the size of an apple seed, flat and brown, nonchalantly crawled up my arm, as if out for an evening stroll. I shrieked and blew it onto the nightstand.
Since I’ve lived in the city my whole life, only getting out into the country a handful of times over the years, I was never much of a fan of bugs. Spiders hunched in dark corners. Bloated worms rotting on the sidewalk after a rain. Fruit flies buzzing around the sink in a cloud of filth. I know insects are a part of nature, but so is the flu—just because something’s natural doesn’t mean it’s good…
Art: Alejandro Mirabal
Orcs by Stan Nicholls
ORCS ARE BRUTAL BEASTS
DRIVEN BY BLOOD LUST AND RAGE.
WHAT IF TOLKIEN LIED?
Fair fight or no?
You can only choose one…