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THE BLACK KNIGHT’S CURSE

The Black Knight's Curse

There were young men and old, weak men and strong, noblemen and commoners. All of them had come here to kill him, but why?

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LOVE SONG FOR A CYBORG

LOVE SONG FOR A CYBORG

I give a small nod, to which he does not respond. We both know what to expect next. It always starts with physical torture.

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A DARKER FAERIE’S TALE

A DARKER FAIRY'S TALE

what would love drive you to do?

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The Dragon’s Cook

The Dragon's Cook

Old world contract negotiations in modern times

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THE BOATMAN’S PRICE

The Boatman's Price

What price would you pay to cross a modern-day river Styx?

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Introduction to Silver Blade Poetry Issue 20

Issue 20 Poetry

an outstanding array of talented poets

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A DANGEROUS MAGIC

Dangerous Magic

a big mouth can cause all sorts of trouble

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The Importance of Research

The Importance of Research

Unless you speak Greek, the above lyrics are just gibberish. Actually, even if you do speak Greek, they’re gibberish anyway.

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Silver Blade’s Best of the Web Nominations

Silver Blade’s Best of the Web Nominations

Silver Blade has nominated the following six poems and two fiction pieces published between July 1, 2012 and July 30, 2013 for the 2013 Best of the Net Anthology   Poems: “Alien Interrogation” by Marge Simon (Issue 17) “Eye for an Eye” by Laura Madeline Wiseman  (Issue 18) “Butterflies and Dreamers” by K. Lou Combs  […]

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Interview with Bruce Boston by John C. Mannone

Interview with Bruce Boston by John C. Mannone

Mainstream poetry concerns itself with the everyday world that we inhabit and perceive: personal relationships, observations of people and the city and of nature, social and sometimes political situations, etc. When you encounter an “I” voice in mainstream poetry, it is most often the author of the poem speaking directly to the reader about something in the real world.

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THE BLACK KNIGHT’S CURSE

THE BLACK KNIGHT’S CURSE

Years had passed since he first entered this trance, and now all he could remember was the battles. They were all that was left to him, all he knew. One by one, the lords of this realm had come here to challenge him, and, one by one, they had died by his hand. So many men. So many faces.

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LOVE SONG FOR A CYBORG

LOVE SONG FOR A CYBORG

They sit us down on plain wooden chairs and tie our hands behind our backs. Thick rope cuts into my ankles as they fasten them to the legs of the chair. I look around. A wooden cabin in the middle of nowhere. Basic furniture. An old sofa that has seen better days. Dust everywhere.

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A DARKER FAERIE’S TALE

A DARKER FAERIE’S TALE

“Tell me again, Taylenel,” Clarrisa whispered in her lover’s ear. “How deep is your love for me?”

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The Dragon’s Cook

The Dragon’s Cook

“Lady Adir, Department of Safety and Health,” she said. “My father is the Duke.” She glanced back at the sloping, stony path. “It’s a long climb up here.”

If Fume hadn’t burnt off his eyebrows long ago, he would have raised one now. “I do live on a mountain.”

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THE BOATMAN’S PRICE

THE BOATMAN’S PRICE

Her husband was sleeping–sleeping, but not snoring. She watched the steady rise and fall of his narrow chest, waiting. Something gnawed away in the back of her mind, like a weasel pulling on the tail of a half-dead gecko. She didn’t want to wake him, but she could wait no longer.

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Introduction to Silver Blade Poetry Issue 20

Introduction to Silver Blade Poetry Issue 20

Silver Blade is proud to present five excellent poets for your continued enjoyment of cutting edge speculative poetry: F.J. Bergmann, Bruce Boston (Featured Poet), William Doreski, James Hutchings, and Clyde Kessler.

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Living in a World of Giants

Living in a World of Giants

    When the Giants come striding across our borders, indifferent to our predictions, immune to the ingenuity of our finest technologies, showing no mercy or regret, we are helpless before them. The Giant Wind roars with irresistible force, crushing trees and houses, leaving us without power in the depth of night The Giant Rain […]