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Michael McCormick

Mike McCormick writes literary and science fiction in his Batman pajamas

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Michael McCormick's award-winning fiction, poetry, and articles have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. Mike & his wife Laura split their time between Saint Paul Minnesota and Lake Superior. They enjoy travel, hiking, Tai Chi, and perplexing cats. They have two grown daughters and a growing collection of books, vinyl records, ceramic owls, peculiar rocks, and other anachronisms.

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Mother Superior

Published Nov 9, 2020 · 24 words (1 minute) · 58 views

Literary Fiction poetry Lake Superior Gales of November

Each year at this time, the infamous Gales of November kick up violent waves on Lake Superior. The Gales sank the Edmund Fitzgerald. But watching them crash against the rocky shore, they are an unforgettable experience.

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Black Rock Waves

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A Glass Darkly

Published Oct 5, 2020 · 963 words (4 minutes) · 2 likes · 89 views

Fantasy Horror halloween

Trick or treat! Children who meet the Willow Creek Brujo learn there's something even worse to lose than your soul.

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Glass darkly arcanist

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Corona

Published Mar 31, 2020 · 40 words (1 minute) · 243 views

poetry covid-19 coronavirus

Written during and for this strange moment

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Hopscotch drawing 13625

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A Dubliner's Return

Published Feb 24, 2020 · 780 words (3 minutes) · 1 like · 376 views

Fantasy Literary Fiction Afterlife Dublin James Joyce

James Joyce is forced to return from self-exile to Dublin under mysterious circumstances. This story appeared in the anthology Afterlives of the Writers.

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Jamesjoyce tuohy ohne

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DNA Tetragrammaton

Published Nov 19, 2019 · 112 words (1 minute) · 407 views

Literary Fiction weird fiction prose poetry poetry cryptofiction recipe

A cryptic piece I published almost twenty years ago that still has readers stumped (including me!) but it's weirdly compelling. Is it a poem? A story? A koan? A sinister recipe for disaster??

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A ball of energy with electricity beaming all over the place.

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Wounded Sky

Published Oct 7, 2019 · 16 words (1 minute) · 285 views

Literary Fiction poetry haiku-boo

Happy Halloween! This spooky little pseudo-haiku won me my first poetry award and has since been reprinted many times.

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Twelfth Pilgrim

Published Aug 27, 2019 · 1,111 words (5 minutes) · 1 like · 530 views

Fantasy magic faeries

On a holy pilgrimage, one of the pilgrims is not what she seems!

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Our God is a Jealous God

Published Jun 17, 2019 · 3,347 words (13 minutes) · 602 views

Fantasy Horror Monsters Native American

Ray Morningstar wanted nothing to do with the old ways of his ancestors... until his sister's life was on the line.

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Midnight scorpion

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Book of Changes

Published Mar 6, 2019 · 1,447 words (6 minutes) · 551 views

Literary Fiction Hiroshima

The I Ching (Book of Changes) is an ancient Eastern oracle that reveals the future in hexagrams of six solid or broken lines. But sometimes the future is a terrible thing. (This story was first published in Japan 20 years ago.)

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her grandfather survived the atomic bomb dropped here.

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The Golden Chariot of Oswald Grade 3

Published Jan 22, 2019 · 7,686 words (28 minutes) · 2 likes · 746 views

Science Fiction alternate history WWII JFK

"Lee Harvey Oswald squinted past spaceships parked on the desert outside the dome." So begins the strange tale of Kennedys, Oswalds, mysterious aliens, and a missile crisis.

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