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The Chronicles of Zer Published

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Fantasy short story The Chronicles of Zer is published over at Electric Spec today. This is my fourth outing in this particular magazine, following on from Slieau Whallian, Her Pale Smile and Remembrance Day.

Cursus stared in open-mouthed horror at the blank page.

‘No. It can not be.’

He turned the page, the vellum of the old book crackling. The next was equally blank: smooth and creamy white. He opened the great tome at random in three different places. All the same. There could be no doubt. He closed the book with a hollow thud, a bloom of dust. Magna Bestiarum it said in gold letters on the red spine. The titles survived longer, of course, their words visible to anyone glancing at the shelf. He wondered who had written it, who had laboured over it, what wonders it had contained. Now it was gone and he would never know.

You can read the rest of the story for free here...


  1. Congratulations. Publishing anything is an achievement you should be proud of! *Throws confetti

  2. I checked out your story. I really love the idea behind it, that the words in books will fade away if they aren't written. It's an idea with a lot of ressonance to it and I enjoyed your treatment of it.

    Also, congrats on reaching your W1S1 goals :)

    ~ Rhonda Parrish

  3. Mr Simon!!! What a story! I LOVED it!! I think this is your best one so far!! Seriously - it was utterly riveting and magical and totally fabulous! It deserves to be read before it fades! LOL!! It's wonderful- really! Really really really excellent!

    Take care

  4. Rhonda - Fantastic; delighted you liked it.

    Old Kitty - Wow, that's what I call a good review! Many, many thanks. I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story so much.

  5. Congrats on the Electric Spec publication and on meeting your W1/S1 goals for this month!

  6. That was an excellent story! Sad and powerful.

    Congrats on the publication!

  7. Seriously, the successes just keep on rolling for you. SO well deserved.

  8. Thanks, Michael!

    Golden Eagle - Delighted you enjoyed it!

    Thanks, Donna!


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