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It was hot as it’d ever been that summer, temperatures pushing a hundred every day and the dogs looking at you like, can’t you do something. Everything died on the vine that summer. Roses, tomatoes. All the honeysuckle withered and dried. But everyone stayed inside anyway to watch Mary Loveless, to hear what she might have to say for herself.

Mary Loveless grew up in the Sons of Cain church, a little known sect that was part Church of Christ and part snake handlers. Religions spring up in this neck of the woods like the spider flowers did in our old backyard. Stephen, Mary’s husband, was a Sons of Cain pastor. They had two little girls born two years apart. Hope and Faith both look like Mary, and Mary looks like those “Big Eyes” paintings.

A slip of a thing, in court she was dwarfed by Sam and Saul Rubinstein, who are big-boned and swarthy and well-known in these parts. If you did it, they say, go see Sammy and Saul, and little Mary…

Science fiction/superhero novel, written by Brenna Raney and published by CamCat Books in 2023. 

Rex Anderson is not a mad scientist. But she's angry fairly often, and she has some impressive neuroses to deal with. She's also the Meister of Decimen City; this doesn't seem to be an official title, she's not in charge of the city, but everyone refers to her as the Meister. She's also very likely the smartest scientific super-genius on the planet. That doesn't make her a…





It's difficult to write, sometimes.  Our missing and now silent friends could remind us of that.  When things bit hard, they got quiet.  I think mostly of grundoon and dannye, both of whom I had the chance to meet and entertain - before I joined the club nobody wants to belong to.

Though with me it's not a terminal diagnosis - at least not yet.  It's just an elevation of the background pain level all humans learn to deal with as they age.  The mental…

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