Short Story/Serial Monday – Memories of Rachel – Part 3

Author Don Massenzio

I know there was a bit of an info dump in part 2 of this story. The technology at play (some real, some fictional) is complex and it took a bit of explaining. I also wanted to explain Ben’s motivation to develop it.

This week, we start going through the process of capturing Rachel’s memories and emotions and we get some hints of the effects that the process is having on her. It’s an interesting story to write. I look forward to the developments in the coming weeks.

Please enjoy Memories of Rachel – Part 3.

If you want to read the earlier parts of this story or look at my other serials, you can click HERE. I also have a short story page with one part tales that you can click HERE.


Memories of Rachel – Part 3

Rachel slept more than she was awake these days…

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Short Story/Serial Monday – Memories of Rachel – Part 2

Author Don Massenzio

This story is just getting started. As I mentioned last week, it is based on a personal experience that my family witnessed. It was likely the supreme sacrifice that any parent could make for their child. This story takes that situation and imagines, “what if…”. It takes things in a direction that springs from my imagination. It is not meant to be a preachy story, but it is a cautionary tale on what might happen if you try to change fate for selfish reasons.]

Please enjoy this weeks installment of Memories of Rachel

If you want to check out my other short stories or serials, just click on the appropriate hyperlink.

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“What was your first memory as a child?” Ben asked.

“I hadn’t thought about it, but I think it was going to the mall at Christmas time with my mom.”

“Good. That’s…

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New Lit Magazine: Call for Submissions!


Crossways is a recently launched literary magazine based in Cork, Ireland. We publish short stories and poetry.

We like well written stories that stimulate the intellect and imagination. Whether it be traditional, modern or experimental we will read it.

We are especially interested in new and emerging authors.

Unfortunately, we can’t offer payment for work at this stage: our goal is to get your name out there to attract other publishers.

We aim to publish four issues a year, beginning with our Spring issue in late April.

We like to say yes but that doesn’t mean we will publish anything!

The word limit is 3,000 words. Please submit no more than five stories.

Send cover letter with bio, pic and stories in a separate attachment (doc.x) to

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Short Story/Serial Monday – No Pain, No Gain – Part 17

Author Don Massenzio

This week’s installment finds Blaylock forming some suspicions about Dr. Haybrook. Can he and Gini win the race against the clock and against the evil forces at Kongo Fit to find a solution to the problem that has affected so many? Read this week’s installment and you’ll find out how they’re progressing.

You can catch up on the previous parts by going to my SERIAL page.

Please enjoy No Pain, No Gain – Part 17.


“What is it now?” Blaylock asked Benjamin Schmidt.

“I’m in the security ops center and there was a significant power surge in the diagnostics clinic.”

“So, Haybrook is probably just running an experiment. I’m beginning to think you want to be micromanaged.”

“It’s not just a normal power surge. The usage spiked as if several MRI tubes were at full power at once. The problem is, there is only one.”

Blaylock thought over what Schmidt…

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Jon Mollison nominates

Planetary Awards

Jon Mollison has nominated “The First American” by Schuyler Hernstrom in the shorter story category, and “Legionnaire” by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole in the novel category.

Check out the post on his website, where he explains why.

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P.C. Zick

250390_2220456627215_2678058_n With two of my big brothers – March Forth found its seed in my relationship with brother on the left.

Today is March Fourth – a date I have always adored. But in 2008, the date became marked the date when my brother died by his own hands. This short story is based on that event. However, the beauty of being an author means I can create a better world (or worse, if I choose) than reality in hopes of presenting alternate ways of viewing the world and our place in it. This short story appears in the box set Unshod along with other short stories set in the West. The box set is perma-free.

March Forth

By P.C. Zick

Eve woke from the first sound sleep she’d had in months. Silence greeted her, along with an empty spot next to her on the king-size bed.

Throwing on the robe…

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Glimpses – Now Only £0.99 On Kindle

Hugh's Views & News

From today, the Kindle version of Glimpses drops to £0.99.


‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people who are about to have life lead them on an unpredicted path. From a mysterious deadly iPad app, to a hole in the fence that is not all it seems, to a strange lipstick that appears to have a life of its own, you will encounter terror, laughter, sadness, shock and many other emotions on journeys which promise a thrilling and gripping climax.  

If you are a lover of shows such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ and ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’, then you’re in for a real treat with this first collection of short stories from Hugh.

Dare you take a glimpse into the lives of these unsuspecting characters?

Recent reviews

“A compelling set of tales that take you from warmed cockles to frozen hopes via laugh out…

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