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DarkBorne Muse

DarkBorne Muse introduces new authors to DarkFuse Magazine's readership. In this series, you'll read DarkFuse fiction debuts by some of the most promising and exciting new and upcoming voices of horror and dark fiction.

“Lucio Schluter” (DarkBorne Muse #12)

“Dr. Schluter’s work bespeaks subjects who are utterly alive, don’t you think?” Larry asked. Before Maurice could affirm, Larry moved in closer, his wine glass sloshing mere inches from Maurice’s newly tailored suit. “The...

“Without Lull” (DarkBorne Muse #11)

9:22 PM Thumbs first. Always. Lips, teeth, tongue—anything affecting speech, save for last. For when there’s no other choice. “Talk,” I tell them. These two, they still don’t get it and I hate repeating myself....

“Vines” (DarkBorne Muse #10)

The graffiti ran diagonally down the door in jagged, uneven letters. Jody worked at it with a brush and soapy water. When she'd started, the paint had been bright crimson, still tacky with its...

“What Goes In Must Come Out” (DarkBorne Muse #9)

Two and a half hours and still no sign of Jameson. Vaughn looked up at the assemblage of tubes and slides that made up the play set filling the atrium of Burgers and Fries, trying...

“The Oath” (DarkBorne Muse #8)

“Do not bury me in a box,” grumbled the old woman on her deathbed. “I do not like the dark and the cold. Or the thought of worms chewing through my eyes and mold...

“Alisha in the Looking Glass” (DarkBorne Muse #7)

Alisha stared at her reflection in the window. Her other self wore the same ruffled dress, and her hair was in pigtails too—only she lived in a world of blackness. It was at night...

“Stove Day” (DarkBorne Muse #6)

Yesterday, I saw a rat poke its snout through the hole in my kitchen floor. I subscribe to the belief that there is no creature on earth more repulsive than a rat. Mom, on...

“Fury Never Dies” (DarkBorne Muse #5)

I look at the long dark over the sea, and I wonder. Can it really be ten years since I was last here? The evening is drawing in now, and a building wave of clouds...

“Crimson Tide” (DarkBorne Muse #4)

You were twelve years old when you got your period. It was the last summer you spent at the cabin, the summer before your parents split up, long after you had forgotten how to...

“Cavemannequin” (DarkBorne Muse #3)

A month ago Cindy would never have considered trying to drug her husband’s drink, but this “new” Jay was a stranger with her husband’s face. When she added Rohypnol to his water, however, the...
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