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SCIENCE: Boy Could Literally Be Scared to Death

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A 5-year-old boy has a rare brain condition that could cause him to be literally scared to death, according to news reports. Reed Havlik, who lives in Iowa, has a condition called vanishing white matter disease, a disorder that’s been reported in only about 200 people worldwide, according to South West News Service (SWNS). Vanishing white matter disease is a genetic condition that mainly affects the brain and spinal cord, and causes deterioration of nerve fibers known as “white matter,” according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Genetics Home Reference (GHR). People with the condition are particularly vulnerable to … Read more

ANNOUNCEMENT/GIVEAWAY: Fear, Love and Broken Things, by Sally Bend

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QSFer Sally Bend has a new queer erotic horror short out: Fear, Love and Broken Things. A battered woman, already pushed to the breaking point, discovers both her self and her sexuality in a seedy motel – where her indoctrinated fear of filth takes a heavy toll on her sanity, but ultimately proves to be the path to freedom . . . and perhaps even love. “a raw, intense, sensorially-confusing juxtaposition of life and death on one women’s phoenix journey to rebirth and redemption.” Fear, Love and Broken Things is 10,000 words of erotic horror that explores fear, love, and … Read more

FOR WRITERS & READERS: I’m Not Ready for the Future

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FOR WRITERS & READERS Today’s topic comes from QSFer J. Scott Coatsworth: I’ve always loved stories about the future. Flying cars, jet packs, phasers and light sabers and all that. But now we seem to be running willy-nilly into into these things with few safeguards and so much greed, I’m not so sure. We’re getting driverless cars, but they may kill people or be hacked. We’re getting AI, but they might take over the world. So what futuristic tech scares the dickens out of you now that it’s almost here – and why? Join the chat