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Ushers of Darkness

Called "One of the best writers of his generation" by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, Greg F. Gifune is the author of numerous short stories, several novels and two short story collections. His work has been published in a wide range of magazines and anthologies all over the world, and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His work has been nominated for numerous awards and is consistently praised by readers and critics alike across the globe. These are Gifune's lost short stories that remain uncollected except for brief appearances in limited edition books, most of which have been out of print for more than a decade and now exclusively available to read at DarkFuse Magazine.

“Past Tense” (Ushers of Darkness #7)

Couldn’t find my cigarettes, so I asked the chick in back if she had any.  She cocked her head like a puppy; ice-blue eyes...

“Restoration” (Ushers of Darkness #6)

If it hadn’t been for the rain, I would have seen him.  Crossing less than a block away, hurrying across slick streets on a...

“The Uncertainty of Darkness” (Ushers of Darkness #5)

Dull blue neon bled from the window sign, washing across his face in timed intervals. He stood on the corner, hands stuffed into the...

“Ushers of Darkness” (Ushers of Darkness #4)

She separated from the shadows and beams of occasional streetlights, a waif with smudged eyeliner and fading painted lips.  A lacy top with spaghetti...

“Plant Life” (Ushers of Darkness #3)

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” —Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary   1.   Unseen things began to move, slithering, growing and coming alive in ways he...

“Snow Angels” (Ushers of Darkness #2)

Five hours out of New York I found myself on the Cape Cod highway creeping toward Whaler’s Bay.  The snow had hit halfway into...

“Creep” (Ushers of Darkness #1)

There is a moment between consciousness and sleep, a brief juncture where the line between fantasy and reality is often indistinguishable.  While lodged in...
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