An Asian serpent surrounds a Chinese fortress. An old woman looks on.

short story

Lord Serpent

by Mary Soon Lee

The fourth demon took the form of a giant serpent, two hundred feet long and as wide in girth as a wagon.

Jan 17, 2019 | essay

Tongue-Tied: A Catalog of Losses

by Layla Al-Bedawi

The German word for language is Sprache. Lose a bit of it and it becomes Rache, which means revenge. Lose just a little more and you’re left with ache.

short story

Ten Utterances of the Vampire Word

by George Lockett

She turns to see two fearful, bloodshot eyes. They’re gone before she can speak. A cockroach itch wriggles under her tongue.

short story

Beyond Comprehension

by Russell Nichols

He’d seen the ads: Happy kids with their headsets, uploading book after book from the VR library to their brains. Instantly. Click and done.

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by Shiv Ramdas

For all their flimsiness, littlings are dangerous parasites.

Dec 27, 2018 | news

Year’s End, 2018

by Pablo Defendini

It’s the end of the year — time to take stock of everything we've done in 2018.

short story


by Kathryn Kania

She does not own a cat. She has never even seen a cat near her building. But still, there it is, curled up into an almost perfect circle of black.

Dec 20, 2018 | essay

You Wake Up Monstrous

by Fran Wilde

Body horror perpetuates the fear of, the isolation of, the disabled — by rendering disability something that happens on a screen, to a secondary character.

Dec 19, 2018 | news

On Beautiful Words

by Pablo Defendini

One of the things we started doing this year at Fireside is expanding the format and presentation of some of our stories. Here's how some of those came about.

short story

Choose Wisely

by Fran Wilde

The child is already at school, and didn’t forget her wand this time, so this is the perfect moment for dealing with the paperwork that sometimes comes with your latest medical adventure…

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