Short Story of the Month

At the Last Minute

She entered the human mind at the last opportune moment. If she was a bit late – she would have to choose someone... less suitable. She'd been floating outside the host for too long not to be in danger of losing her essence. But she always chose. She hated the poor bodies of the poor, surviving in squalid conditions, threatened at every turn by malnutrition diseases, plague, and pervasive violence.

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Being of the Month

Lada

Otherwise also Kolada. Slavic goddess with a mandate for beauty and love and fertility. Wife of Svantovít. Or is she not? There are no records of the existence of this entity except folklore. And folklore is a tricky resource when it comes to examining indigenous religions or mythological systems, as it readily absorbs modern and fashionable influences, including those that are purposefully invented.

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Other Stuff

Sherlockiana: Police Officers

Even though Holmes became the patron of all literary detectives that came after him, he didn't consider himself as one. He thought of himself as a higher form of a sleuth.

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Quote of the Month

"It’s like trains,” said Anthea, as they swept over the low-lying coastline and held a steady course above orderly fields and straight roads bordered with poplar trees—“like express trains, only in trains you never can see anything because of grownups wanting the windows shut; and then they breathe on them, and it’s like ground glass, and nobody can see anything, and then they go to sleep.“

— E. Nesbit. The Phoenix and the Carpet

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How to Properly Feed a Demon

How to Properly Feed a Demon

Twenty-five short short stories for short short breaks. Starring aliens and people, gods as well as demons.

 

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Didaktylos*
* Terry Pratchett. Hogfather

 

Welcome to my world. For the longest time I couldn’t think of right name for this place, so I left it without one. Amongst things you can find here are attempts of science fiction and fantasy stories, my collection of gods, bogeymen and monsters and also articles about things that had me interested, be it for a while or for years. (There is more of this, sadly not in English but in Czech, on www.fext.cz)

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