Book of Constants second edition: excerpt

Tomorrow through Sunday, Book of Constants will be free to download. In expectation of the second edition we have reworked the excerpt, which we originally published in July 2013.

ZD-002: Book of Constants
A short story by C.E. Alexander
List price: $0.99
Promotional giveaway: September 10-14, 2014
ASIN: B00E1X3H5C
Book trailer
Literary, General Detective, Short Story
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We settle in a new town by misstep. I bring only my camera and some frames of captured sky. My son Kobe has a book he will not read out loud, and a stuffed frog his mother found while buying antiques. He seems to understand it, that she could rarely leave the house and that this toy was out of the ordinary. We had to name it for him, so I call it Cucumbers. Continue reading

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The Shallow Cittern excerpt

ZD-004: The Shallow Cittern
A short story by C.E. Alexander
Price: $0.99
ASIN: B00FHXEVO6
Horror, Literary, Short Story
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The travel embargo lifted the year of Susan’s degree. She watched footage of American travelers getting sunburns, eating street food, buying cigars in Havana. Always cigars, and always the same headline no matter the network: “Cuba opens her doors.” Had she considered it she would have thought His door, not hers, and more, that the Cubans were not the ones who kept it shut for so long.

There was talk of robberies and assault. Didactic rumors of leprosy, cannibalism. The unfiltered statistics of sexual assault, kidnappings, and fraud. She heard reports of a new, debilitating virus, not always fatal. Journalists called the illness el sagrado. Continue reading

My Wounded Specular excerpt

ZD-003: My Wounded Specular
A short story by C.E. Alexander
Price: $0.99
ASIN: B00EQBL0CQ
Literary, Short Story
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She looks younger today, even if her limp is worse. She has kept that stride and scar since I have known her. You hear of old men who know it will rain by the way forgotten injuries flare up again. Yet the sky is clear, so blue you can almost see through the watch face, right down to the teeth and cogs. But now I am speaking like she does.

Her name is Viola, but we call her the witch. She remembers the future and forgets all else. She makes sure her hair is always black and I dream about trying to keep secrets from her. When one of her shale-gray eyes swells up we joke about crops going bad. She will touch at it and say, “Don’t make me touch it.” Continue reading

Book of Constants excerpt

ZD-002: Book of Constants
A short story by C.E. Alexander
Price: $0.99
ASIN: B00E1X3H5C
Literary, General Detective, Short Story
Purchasing link

We settle in a new town by misstep. I bring only my camera and her bits of captured sky. My son Kobe has a book he will not read out loud, and a stuffed frog his mother found while buying antiques. He seems to understand it, that she could rarely leave the house and that this toy was out of the ordinary. We had to name it for him, so I call it Cucumbers. Continue reading