Monday, November 2, 2015

"The Terrible" is live at Daily Science Fiction

My superhero short "The Terrible" is now up and free to read at Daily Science Fiction! It follows The Terrible, the self-proclaimed greatest villain in America's greatest city, as he thinks to finally kill off his heroine. Tonight is not going as he intended. It springs from the relationship I wish more heroes and villains had. No spoilers.

I want to thank Max Cantor, Tam MacNeil, and Cassie Nichols for beta reading this thing, and convincing me that while demented, it was a good kind of demented. Also to Sunil Patel, whose Twitter goading got me to keep the heroine's name. It is my favorite superhero name I've ever invented.

In other news, I'm packing up for my last convention trip of the year, to the annual World Fantasy Conference in Saratoga Springs, NY. Last year's was one of my all-time favorite cons, and this year I'm doing a panel! Drop by at 4:00 PM on Thursday, when I'll be part of Monsters as Devourers, discussing the psychological roots of why we tell so many stories about zombies and werewolves coming after us. It should be a blast.


  1. I love it.
    A superheroine's work is never done. Mind you, I love that she only needs to set aside five hours a week to wrangle the super villians. An efficient super heroine...

  2. That's awesome, John! Off to read. Have a great time at the con.

  3. Congrats, John.
    Have a safe trip to the con.

  4. I loved the story. Really cute, in a good way. I love how it starts out like your typical villain creatively killing someone story and ends so differently. The Taylor Swift ringtone was pretty damn hilarious, too.

  5. John--good to see you at WFC. I enjoyed this story when it came it out...I failed to make the connection that it was yours, though. Congrats!


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